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Senior and Disabilities Services Covid-19 Procedures

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SDS Response to Covid-19

The Division of Senior and Disabilities Services recently received approval for an Appendix K amendment to its 1915(c) home and community based waivers due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This amendment was approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on March 25, 2020, and allows changes in SDS processes and procedures to take effect as of March 11, 2020, the date of Alaska's Emergency Declaration.

Since approval, SDS has been working to operationalize how Appendix K will be implemented. The following documents have been presented to providers in concept through recent webinars and trainings, and SDS has worked to improve the documents and answer the many provider questions resulting from these webinars and trainings. If you do not see your Appendix K question addressed in the FAQ, please send it to

SDS encourages providers to continue to monitor this page and SDS E-Alerts for updates to COVID-19 process changes.

COVID-19 Vaccine for Alaskans 65+

Alaskans 65 years of age and older will be eligible to start scheduling appointments starting at 12 pm on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 by visiting

Appointments will be available for Alaskans 65 years of age and older beginning Monday, January 11, 2021.


Keep informed about COVID-19 in Alaska by participating in the ECHO videoconference series.

Appendix K Approval and Guidance


CDC Guidance

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has released COVID-19 guidance, with a primary focus on family members and caregivers who support people with developmental disabilities.

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