Where to start?

The Short Term Assistance and Referral (STAR) program connects families and individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) to services in their community.

What is STAR?

In order for a person with an IDD to receive services through the State of Alaska, they must be determined intellectually and/ or developmentally disabled as defined by state law. The State of Alaska recognizes that completing the application for eligibility of services can be a frustrating process. The Short Term Assistance and Referral (STAR) Program helps families of individuals with IDD in the application process.

In the Interior region of Alaska, the program is administered by FRA. The STAR program Coordinator will assist in navigating the eligibility process and understanding what services, other than waiver, may be available. STAR is a grant funded program from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services Senior and Disabilities Services (SDS).

Who is eligible?

The state of Alaska defines IDD as a severe, chronic disability that:

  • Is attributable to a mental or physical impairment or combination of both
  • Is manifested before age 22 and is likely to continue indefinitely
  • Results in substantial functional limitation in three or more of the following areas of major life activity:
    -  Self-care
    -  Receptive and expressive language
    -  Learning
    -  Mobility
    -  Self-direction
    -  Capacity for independent living
    -  Economic self sufficiency

What can STAR do for you?