Getting Services Started

Thank you for your interest in Senior and Disability Services. Below you will find general information on the application process and what to expect. We are available to assist you through the process. Referral forms are available in the office or you may download one below.

Developmental Disabilities Enrollment

Short Term Assistance and Referral (S.T.A.R.) Grant

The STAR Grant assists persons from southern southeast Alaska who may be eligible for developmental disabilities services from the State of Alaska and helps them gain access to these services. We provide services to individuals with developmental disabilities to meet their immediate needs while they wait for more substantial services from the State of Alaska. The STAR Grant is here to help customers and their families understand which level of help they are eligible for and advocates for adequate service levels. If an individual is not eligible for developmental disability services we can help to locate and access needed services.

Developmental Disabilities Eligibility:

As a general rule, if you think you or someone you know might have a developmental disability, then you should contact the STAR Coordinator directly. The STAR Coordinator can help you decide if an application for developmental disability services is appropriate or not.

A developmental disability is briefly defined as:

  • A mental or physical condition that begins prior to age 22.
  • A condition that is likely to continue indefinitely.
  • A condition that results in serious functional problems in areas such as learning, language, mobility, independent living, self-sufficiency, and self-care.

Often, people with the following conditions qualify as experiencing a developmental disability: Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Autism, Intellectual Disability, and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. Although, other conditions that limit functionality in the above categories/areas may also qualify.

STAR Services:

IMG_0624-smallOnce eligibility has been determined, the STAR Coordinator assists customers and their families to develop a service plan that outlines what services will be provided.

The goal of the service plan is to help customers avoid crisis while waiting for fully funded state services. Services may include:

  • Help with medical, vocational and educational services.
  • Assistance in accessing social, cultural and recreational activities within the community.
  • Respite services to reduce the stress levels of families who provide care for a family member who experiences a developmental disability.

The STAR Grant at Community Connections serves southern southeast Alaska including: Metlakatla, Ketchikan, Prince of Wales Island, Petersburg, Wrangell, Kake, Hyder and Sitka. Individuals needing STAR services do not necessarily need to receive services from Community Connections to qualify.

Please contact the STAR Coordinator, Phil Tucker at the Ketchikan office for more information. (907)225-7825.

Seniors and Adults with Physical Disabilities Enrollment

For seniors and adults with physical disabilities the enrollment process is different depending on the funding source of the individual. Referrals can be made by family members, friends, the individual seeking care, medical professionals or anyone who is concerned for the well-being of the individual. Once general information is gathered one of our care coordinators will meet with the individual and family to go over possible service options.

  • Medicaid: For individuals with Medicaid, a State of Alaska nurse assessor will provide a one on one meeting to determine the amount of services needed. The nurse will assess the individual’s physical abilities and functionality, approving a certain amount of services appropriate for the individual.
  • Grant Services: Community Connections can assist with the application for grant services to provide chore and respite services, durable medical equipment, home modifications, and services for someone transitioning home from hospital long term care or a nursing home. Requirements vary depending on the grant being applied for. Our experienced coordinators are available to assist with the application process.
  • Private Insurance: We accept some forms of private insurance. After gaining prior approval from the insurance company we can provide chore and respite services.
  • Private Payment: We offer private payment options for chore, respite and personal care services. Rates vary depending on service.

Please contact us at the Ketchikan or Craig office for more information on any of the options listed above.