Social Services


Our people reach their wellness goals, become self-sufficient, and care for each other.  Our communities should be healthy, thriving places to live.


The Social Services Department administers programs for residents throughout the North Slope, including job placement/training, higher education scholarships, adult vocational training, family preservation and child welfare services, Indian Child Welfare assistance, behavioral health education, child care, Elder care, burial assistance, and medical assistance. These programs are provided through direct service or by other service providers through contractual agreement.

There are two divisions within the Social Services Department – Family Preservation & Development and Community & Social Services.


While our goal is to serve all eligible within the Arctic Slope region, our programs vary in who we serve and what the requirements are to access services. Referral services are made for individuals or families found ineligible. Please read each section carefully to ensure you qualify for services.

Because each of the communities in our region are federally recognized tribes, the governing tribal councils can authorize ASNA to act on their behalf in negotiating with different federal agencies to provide social and health services under Public Law 93-638 of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act of 1975.

Not certain if we can help? Please give us a call, and we would be happy to answer questions or provide guidance on accessing social services on the North Slope.