What is ADRC First?

Aging and Disability Resource Centers exist to save time and reduce confusion and frustration for Alaskans navigating the maze of available state and federal long-term services and supports.

As designed, Alaska’s six ADRCs are “single points of entry” that help people of all ages, disabilities and income levels navigate available services from Medicare and Social Security to Medicaid, Affordable Housing, Public Assistance and grant-funded services for seniors and disabled Alaskans.

The federal U.S. Administration on Aging and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has awarded $111 million in grants since 2003, which were used to develop 325 Aging and Disability Resource Centers nationwide. Including five ADRCs in Alaska serving the communities of Anchorage, Bristol Bay and Kodiak, Kenai Peninsula, Valdez and Cordova, Fairbanks, Southeast Alaska, and the Mat-Su Borough.

ADRC’s are taking on a new role in 2017 as the access point for people seeking two types of Medicaid waivers Alaskans Living Independently and Adults with Physical and Developmental Disabilities. Now all applicants for these two Medicaid waivers also will receive Options Counseling along with a Medicaid pre-screen that will indicate whether they are likely candidates to receive waiver services. To schedule a pre-screen and Options Counseling appointment, call 1-855-565-2017.

Individuals who contact a Care Coordinator or provider in search of in-home or other long-term supports also will be referred to the ADRC First Pre-screen and Options Counseling process.

When scheduling an appointment for a pre-screen, people may choose whether they’d like an ADRC Specialist to conduct the interview in person, by telephone, or by video. The person making the appointment should also share with the scheduler the purpose of the call and what help is needed.

Prior to the appointment, the ADRC Specialist will review the information shared and collected specific resource information for you.

During the appointment, an ADRC Specialist will conduct an interview that asks questions about financial and physical eligibility to determine whether you are likely to qualify for waiver services, and will conduct Options Counseling with each person to determine what other resources might be available.

A person must qualify both financially and physically to be eligible for Medicaid waiver services. Thus, the pre-screen includes questions about your level of income and whether you might meet the Level of Care requirements for ALI or APDD waiver services.

The pre-screen is the first step in the process to be approved for Medicaid waiver services, which can take several months.

However, it is important to note that regardless of the outcome of the pre-screen, an individual may still choose to apply for waiver services.

Here are the steps in the process:
• After completing the pre-screen, a person will receive a list of Care Coordinators who serve their area.
• Once a Care Coordinator has been selected, that person will help them submit a waiver application and gather the necessary medical documentation.
• The Medicaid waiver approval process also includes an in-home evaluation by a representative from Senior and Disability Services and evaluated for Nursing Facility Level of Care; the Level of Care a person must require to be approved for waiver services.
• If approved, the next step is for the Care Coordinator to submit a Plan of Care for approval to the Senior and Disability Services.
• Finally, service providers are chosen by the person and trained.

ADRC Specialists also will provide Options Counseling and review resources during the pre-screen to connect people with resources more quickly. State grant funded services available to seniors and disabled people often can provide more rapidly.

During Options Counseling, ADRC Specialists will provide individual information on each of these resources (options) explaining the resource/service well and how they may access this service.

If people request assistance, ADRC Specialists also can fax the completed pre-screen form to their selected Care Coordinator, or help a person contact providers or Care Coordinators.

Before concluding the interview, the ADRC Specialists will confirm the options discussed, and ask if the person has any questions. Then the ADRC Specialist will set a time for a follow up interview, and give the person their contact information in case questions arise before the scheduled meeting time.