PASS Plans as an Employment Funding Source for Students and Young Adults

Plans to Achieve Self Support (PASS) have been used by people with disabilities, parents, and organizational personnel for several years to provide services, equipment and training to employment seekers.

In this two hour session learn the basics of who can have a PASS, what the PASS may be used for, and how to write a PASS that can be authorized by SSA by using the plan form as an example.

For more information or to register click on the date below:

Contact Roger Shelley,

Person-Centered Thinking, Planning & Services

Person-Centered Thinking, Planning & Services is a distance delivered course tailored to the needs of Person-Centered Planning Facilitators and families/staff who participate in planning activities for individuals who experience disabilities.

This class will teach person-centered thinking, planning, and service delivery approaches, focusing on Personal Futures Planning, MAPS and PATHS for people who experience disabilities. Online / Web Delivered. Cost $125.00.

Click on the date below to register or for more information:


Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) FY19

Most people have heard of First Aid and CPR to address physical distress, but what happens when someone is exhibiting signs of emotional or mental distress?

The Alaska Training Cooperative (AKTC) is providing the community with a groundbreaking public education program Mental Health First Aid that helps the public identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders. Mental Health First Aid is an interactive eight-hour course funded by the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority that teaches participants about the risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems and provides an overview of treatment resources and options.

 Monday, April 1, 2019 at 08:30 AM until 05:00 PM (Valdez, AK)

Funding for this event provided by Providence Valdez Medical Center

Virtual Dementia Tour

Join us for a better understanding of the emotional and physical needs for someone with dementia. This experience will change the way you think, relate and take care of the elderly population.
Developed by P.K.Bevelle of Second Wind Dreams, the Virtual Dementia Tour is designed to give the participant an up close, hands-on experience that provides insight to what it’s like for a person with dementia to get through the day.

PALMER – Contact Janice Downing, 907-746-3413 or

FAIRBANKS – Contact Joan Adams, 907-452-2277 or
ANCHORAGE – Contact Debbie Chulick, 907-561-3313 or

Alaska Core Competencies FY19

The Alaska Core Competencies are a set of essential skills for DSPs (direct support providers or direct support professionals) who deliver services to persons with mental health and substance use conditions, intellectual and physical disabilities, and older adults who need long-term services and support.

There are 10 broad competency categories which are broken down into 42 individual competencies, and then each competency is defined by behavioral descriptors. This is a unique feature which allows workers to understand what it looks like to perform at the Excellent, Satisfactory, and Unsatisfactory levels.

You must register for all listed classes to complete the training. OR if you have already completed some training you may register for only the classes you have missed.

This training will be delivered as a webinar using Zoom. For those who complete registration and payment, the connection information will be emailed–to the email address in your user profile–the business day before the training. Zoom can be used on a PC or Mac, laptop, Ipad, tablet or smart phone and requires an Internet connection, a microphone and preferably a camera (most devices have a built-in mic and camera).

Registration closes two business day prior to the training date. For late registration, please contact Betsy Chivers (907) 264-6233,  or Diana Carpenter (907) 264-6265,

To Register for a specific Competency click on the date below:

( Online / Web Delivered ) #1: Working with Others

 ( Online / Web Delivered ) #2: Assessing Strengths and Needs
( Online / Web Delivered ) #3: Planning Services, #5: Linking to Resources, #6: Advocating
( Online / Web Delivered ) #4: Providing Services
( Online / Web Delivered ) #7: Individualizing Care, #8: Documenting
  ( Online / Web Delivered ) #9: Behaving Professionally and Ethically, #10: Developing Professionally

All classes are live, Online/Web delivered. Attendees may use a PC or Mac, laptop, tablet or smart phone with Internet connectivity, camera and microphone.