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STAR - Short Term Assistance and Referral Program

The STAR program name is changing to Developmental Disability Resource Connection (DDRC)

ILC is now providing STAR/DDRC services to Kodiak Island

ILC has opened a new office in Kodiak and we are providing STAR services to the area.  For more information and help navigating Developmental Disability services contact  Kerry Wood at 907-486-0491 or email

For Central Peninsula, Seward, Valdez/Cordova communities STAR/DDRC Services contact

Lynnette Haas at 907-262-6333

For South Peninsula STAR/DDRC Services contact

Dean Sundmark 907-235-7911

The DDRC program provides assistance to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and their families, to access resources in their communities and available services through the State of Alaska Developmental Disabilities Programs. The DDRC program can help families navigate the complex options and requirements to find the services that are right for each individual person. DDRC is funded through a grant from The State of Alaska Senior and Disability Services (SDS) so there is no cost for service to the consumers and families we serve.

What can DDRC do?

  • Application assistance for DD Eligibility with the State of Alaska
  • Assistance with the Registration and Review process, waitlist for IDD and ISW  Medicaid Waiver services
  • Education and Advocacy
  • Short term service coordination
  • Information and options for available services
  • Apply for Alaska Mental Health Trust DD Mini-Grants

In order for a person with an intellectual and/or developmental disability to receive assistance through the State of Alaska, they must first be determined developmentally disabled as defined by state law. The State defines an Intellectual and/or Developmental Disability (IDD) as a severe, chronic disability that:

  • Is attributable to a mental and/or physical impairment.
  • Is manifested before age 22 and is likely to continue indefinitely.
  • Results in substantial functional limitations in three or more of the following areas of major life activity
    • Self-Care
    • Learning
    • Mobility
    • Self-direction
    • Capacity for Independent Living (for individuals 16 and older)
    • Economic Self sufficiency (for individuals 16 and older)
  • The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services has coordinated a Developmental Disabilities Shared Vision for the State.
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