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Creating change that improves the lives of Alaskans with disabilities​

Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority (The Trust)

The Council reports on the status and needs of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families and makes recommendations for funding on their behalf to the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority (the "Trust"). The Governor's Council is one of four governor-appointed advisory boards that are responsible for planning services for Trust beneficiaries.

Trust beneficiaries are any Alaskans with:

  • mental illness
  • developmental disabilities
  • chronic alcoholism and other substance-related disorders
  • Alzheimer's disease and related dementia
  • traumatic brain injuries

For more information on the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority, please visit their website.

Center for Human Development (CHD)

The Governor's Council partners with the Center for Human Development (CHD) at the University of Alaska Anchorage on a variety of projects, including Partners in Policymaking and Peer Power. The CHD is one of 67 University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities in Education, Research, and Service (UCEDDs) in the nation.

The CHD serves the entire state of Alaska in these major areas:

  • Interdisciplinary education
  • Community training and technical assistance
  • Research
  • Information dissemination

The Governor's Council also partners with CHD on the following employment projects:

For more information on the Center for Human Development, please visit their website.

Complex Behavior Collaborative (CBC)

The Complex Behavior Collaborative (CBC) program helps providers meet the needs of Medicaid and Non-Medicaid clients with complex needs who are often aggressive, assaultive, and difficult to support. The CBC program offers consultation and training to providers and clients’ natural supports, including family members.

The goal is to help clients live as independently as possible, and avoid Alaska Psychiatric Institute, jail, emergency rooms or out-of-state care. Benefits include:

  • Better quality of life for Alaskans with complex needs
  • Cost savings for the state
  • Development of a robust, competent workforce in Alaska
  • Development of infrastructure for collaborative interventions and continuity of care

For more information on the Complex Behavior Collaborative program, please visit their website.

Disability Law Center of Alaska (DLC)

The Disability Law Center of Alaska (DLC) is an independent, non-profit law firm providing protection and advocacy for people with disabilities throughout the state. The DLC prioritizes issues of abuse, housing, employment, education, discrimination, and community integration for individuals with disabilities.

The DLC does this in several ways, by providing:

  • Professional Assistance
  • Negotiation and Mediation
  • Administrative Remedies
  • Legal Remedies and Consultations
  • Class Action Lawsuits

The DLC also participates in conciliation proceedings, public hearings, and arbitration proceedings for people with disabilities. The Executive Director of the DLC sits on the Governor's Council and serves on several of our committees, providing advice and expertise on policy and legislation. The Governor's Council also partners with the DLC on special projects, such as Peer Power and the Alaska Integrated Employment Initiative.

Learn more about the Disability Law Center by visiting them on the web.

Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR)

The Governor’s Council partners with the Alaska Division of Vocational Rehabilitation on the Alaska Work Matters! Project and other employment related programs. Reviewing and analyzing existing policies, practices, and procedures, barriers, and workforce utilization data regarding the employment of people with disabilities in the State of Alaska.

Peer Power

Peer Power Alaska is a statewide non-profit membership organization led by Alaskans with disabilities and is committed to people with disabilities being the keepers and leaders of Alaska’s Shared Vision. Peer Power’s Board of Directors is primarily comprised of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Peer Power receives ongoing support from the Governor’s Council, the Arc of Anchorage, and the Alaska Mental Health Trust along with many community partners, providers and other stakeholders.

Its board members work to energize people by:

  • Organizing events, including an annual Summit.
  • Providing training and access to information.
  • Empowering people with disabilities.
  • Elevating the voices of people with disabilities across Alaska.

To learn more, please visit Peer Power on their , or their Facebook page here
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