Are you a state agency or coalition responding to a Lifespan Respite Funding Announcement? click here.
What is Respite?
Respite is planned or emergency care provided to a child or adult with special needs in order to provide temporary relief to family caregivers who are caring for that child or adult. For more information on how to find and choose respite care, click here for the ABCs of Respite.
According to the Lifespan Respite Care Act (PL 109-442), Lifespan Respite is defined as 'coordinated systems of community-based respite for family caregivers of children or adults regardless of special need.'
The mission of the ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center is to assist and promote the development of quality respite and crisis care programs; to help families locate respite and crisis care services in their communities; and to serve as a strong voice for respite in all forums.
Federal Lifespan Respite Funding Opportunity Announcements
Responding to a federal Lifespan Respite Grant Announcement?
You may find the following ARCH resources helpful as you respond to a Lifespan Respite Funding Announcement from the Administration for Community Living:
Introduction to Lifespan Respite "101": includes ideas to help you collect information for required elements of the application; provides ideas for other federal sources of respite funding so you know which state agencies to reach out to for support and partnerships; presents summaries of activities of current Lifespan Respite grantees, including Integration and Sustainability activities, and the roles of State Respite Coalitions and ADRC partners; and background on the Lifespan Respite program. Click here.
State Developed Lifespan Respite Tools: Includes tools for needs assessments and environmental scans, performance measurement, service delivery, caregiver assessment for respite, respite voucher guidance, respite registry examples, job descriptions, public awareness materials, and more. Click here.
Sustainability Toolkit for Lifespan Respite Programs, click here.
Performance Measurement for Lifespan Respite Programs, click here.
Lifespan Respite Grantee Updates
"Hitting the High Notes with Lifespan Respite: Progress at the Five-Year Point”
For 2014 National Lifespan Respite Presentations and video of plenary panel session featuring Greg Link, ACL and three state Lifespan Respite grantees, click here.