Alaska

The information presented below is a brief overview of this state's early intervention service system. Please contact the lead state agency or follow the various links for more detailed information.

Lead agency for early intervention services

The Alaska Infant Learning Program is part of the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services.

Eligibility criteria for early intervention services

Children under the age of 3 may be eligible if they have:

  • Developmental delay of 50 percent or equivalent standard deviations in one or more developmental areas
  • Physical/mental conditions that have a high probability of resulting in a developmental delay

See draft policies and procedures for more information.

Number of children served

Alaska reported 810 infants and toddlers for the 2012 child count.

Support service structure

The Alaska Office of Children's Services monitors and supports the early intervention services supplied by a network of local providers.

Initial family contact

Families may call 877-477-3659 for information regarding early intervention services. Families may also contact their local provider using contact information found at local providers.

Services for at-risk children

Local service teams will provide information on available resources to families with children who are not eligible for early intervention services. Families may also contact the parent training and information center below.

Family cost participation

Families meeting certain income guidelines may be asked to pay a fee for some services, using a sliding fee schedule. Public and private insurance may be accessed under certain conditions. Local service teams will provide more information.

Insurance coverage for autism spectrum disorder services

Alaska enacted legislation related to insurance coverage specifically for autism spectrum disorder-related services. See Alaska insurance for more details.

Parent training and information center

The Stone Soup Group is Alaska's parent training and information center.

Early childhood school services information

Information regarding school services for children ages 3 through 5 is available from the local school district, local service teams and the parent training and information center listed above. Additional information may also be obtained by contacting:

Alaska Department of Education and Early Development
Phone: 907-465-8702

State early intervention resources

More information and resources may be obtained at resources and the comprehensive Where To Turn manual.

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