How We Can Help
The Arc of Anchorage helps Alaskans who experience intellectual, developmental disabilities, or mental illness achieve lives of dignity and independence as valued members of our community. We offer a full array of services that cover the lifespan of the people we serve. In consultation with our staff, families choose the services that best meet their needs.
Behavioral Health Services – Serves children and adults with a mental illness or severe emotional disturbance (SED) in combination with a developmental disability. Supported parenting services are available for parents who experience developmental disabilities or mental illness. Substance abuse counseling is available for those who experience developmental disabilities in combination with a mental illness and an addiction.
Care Coordination – Assists people with Medicaid waivers and their families learn about and choose among services, based on their needs and goals, then monitors implementation of the plan.
Community Living Services – Provides support that encourages independence and participation in the community, allowing adults with developmental disabilities to live on their own, with roommates, and/or staff. Also offers in-home assistance and respite care for children with developmental disabilities or complex medical conditions who live with their families or with foster families.
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services – Daily support in a residential setting for students attending the State School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. The Interpreter Referral Line (IRL) schedules American Sign Language interpreters for meetings. A two-week summer camp welcomes young Alaskans who are Deaf or hard of hearing. Behavioral Health Services are also available.
Nursing Services – Trains parents and care providers so they can create a safe, healthy environment that allows children with complex medical conditions to leave the hospital and live at home with their families. Provides intensive active treatment for adults to avoid institutionalization and continue living at home and participating in community life.
Recreation Services – Offers older teens and adults the opportunity to learn new skills, make friends, and participate in a wide variety of community activities.
Short Term Assistance and Referral (STAR) – Provides information about the services available and connects people with the resources they need. Helps families apply for funding from the State of Alaska. Helps find solutions during crises and emergencies.
Substance Abuse Services – The Arc offers intensive outpatient services for people who experience a developmental disability, mental illness, and an addiction. The state’s behavioral health resource guide may be useful to others making a choice about a service provided.
Supported Employment – Assists adults in finding and keeping jobs in the community. Helps each individual gain the daily living and on-the-job skills necessary for successful employment.
Arctrust – Supplemental needs trusts offer families a way to plan for the financial future of their loved ones who experience disabilities without affecting eligibility for public benefits.