Alaska Statutes Title 47. Welfare, Social Services and Institutions § 47.80.130. Powers and duties of the department




(a) The department shall

(1) develop budgets and receive and distribute appropriations and funds under this section;

(2) adopt regulations regarding standards of services and facilities for persons with disabilities and the quality of services and the process by which services are to be delivered;

(3) adopt any other regulations necessary to implement this chapter;

(4) provide technical assistance to public and private agencies in planning, developing, and implementing programs to serve persons with disabilities;

(5) operate programs and facilities and enter into agreements, contracts, or grants necessary to provide services required under this chapter;

(6) take the actions and undertake the obligations that are necessary to participate in federal grant-in-aid programs and accept federal or other financial aid for the study, examination, care, and treatment of persons with disabilities.

(b) For purposes of P.L. 91-517 and P.L. 94-103 , as amended, the department is designated the sole administering agency;  it shall make applications for, receive, and expend grants under P.L. 91-517 or P.L. 94-103 , as amended, and otherwise exercise the powers and perform the duties and functions necessary to comply with P.L. 91-517 and P.L. 94-103 , as amended.

(c) The Department of Education and Early Development may make applications for, receive, and expend grants under P.L. 91-230 (The Education for the Handicapped Act), [FN1] as amended, and otherwise exercise the powers and perform the functions necessary to comply with that Act.

(d) When state funding is not adequate to meet service needs, the department shall establish a waiting list for persons with developmental disabilities who would be eligible to receive state-funded services under AS 47.80.100 -- 47.80.170 if adequate state funding were available.  The department shall, on an annual basis, review the waiting list and submit a report to the governor containing the information required under this subsection.  The department shall send a copy of the report to the persons chairing the house and senate finance committees and the persons chairing the house and senate health, education and social services committees and shall notify the full legislature that the report is available to all legislators.  The report must

(1) describe the purpose for the waiting list and the strategies used to notify persons about the waiting list, and must include a copy of the information used by the department to inform individuals and families about their rights and responsibilities under AS 47.80.100 -- 47.80.170 ;

(2) explain how an individual is placed on the waiting list, what criteria determine rank on the list, and how the waiting list is used to select individuals equitably and fairly across the state;

(3) give the basic demographic information across all regions about the age, sex, and racial and ethnic background of the individuals on the waiting list;

(4) identify the level of need and preferences of the individuals and families on the waiting list for the services and the supports that may be necessary to meet their needs and project an annual cost to meet this need;

(5) identify how many individuals were removed from the waiting list during the 12 months covered by the report, why they were removed from the list, and how long the individuals had been waiting for services or supports before they were removed from the list;

(6) list the number of individuals who have been on the waiting list for 90 days or more with an account of the department's steps to regularly review each individual's status while waiting for services or supports;

(7) report annual data from the Department of Education and Early Development about the number of students in special education with developmental disabilities graduating from high school, dropping out of high school before reaching age 22, or reaching age 22 without graduating from high school;  and

(8) indicate that written or electronic copies of policies, manuals, and procedures used by the department to implement AS 47.80.100 -- 47.80.170 are available.

[FN1]

 See 20 U.S.C.A. § 1400 et seq.





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