Short Term Assistance & Referral (STAR)

The STAR Program assists individuals who experience intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, and their families, access resources in their community and available services through the State of Alaska Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Program.


STAR Coordinator services can include:

•Options counseling to establish needs

•Information and referral to community programs

•Completing and submitting the Developmental Disability Eligibility application

•Short term case management


•Applying to the registry for the Intellectual and Developmental Disability Waiver


DD Eligibility

In order for a person with an intellectual and/or developmental disability to receive services through the State of Alaska, they must first be determined developmentally disabled according to State law.  The State defines this as a, "severe, chronic disability that is attributable to a mental or physical impairment or combination of metal and physical impairments, which manifests before the individual attains age 22 and is likely to continue indefinitely."  With this, the individual must also have substantial limitations in three or more of the following areas of major life activity:


•Receptive and expressive language




•Capacity for independent living (applicable to individuals 16 years and older)

•Economic self-sufficiency (applicable to individuals 16 years and older who aren't enrolled in an education program)


If you, or someone you know, are interested in learning more, please contact:

Maria Davies (Juneau, Gustavus, Yakutat, Hoonah, Wrangell, and Petersburg)


3225 Hospital Drive, Suite 300

Juneau, AK 99801


Gwen McDonald (Ketchikan, Prince of Wales, and Metlakatla)


2417 Tongass Ave, Suite 221

Ketchikan, AK 99901


Tiffany Justice (Sitka, Angoon, and Kake)


514 Lake Street, Suite C

Sitka, AK 99835


Margaret Sebens (Haines, Klukwan, and Skagway)


217 Main Steeet, #15

Haines, AK 99827