Your membership helps us to secure full funding annually for the implementation of the Lifespan Respite Care Act, work with federal agencies to ensure successful state implementation, and to grow the program as the need expands.
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Because the ARCH parent organization, The Chapel Hill Training-Outreach Project, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization, your contribution or membership donation in any amount is considered by the IRS to be tax deductible.
The ARCH National Respite Network is the only national support and advocacy organization dedicated solely to promoting the development of quality respite programs.
The National Respite Coalition helps states and local communities to understand policy, educate policy makers, and build strong advocacy coalitions. It provides information and teaching tools to respite advocates throughout the country. The National Respite Coalition has convened a group of national and state organizations, the Lifespan Respite Task Force, dedicated to the passage of federal lifespan respite legislation. The NRC is completely dependent on Membership fees and private donations.
Both planned and crisis respite programs must be able to clearly and compellingly demonstrate that their efforts are achieving worthy outcomesâ€”outcomes related to the improvement of quality of life, and outcomes related to saving tax-payer dollars on more costly interventions such as foster care, nursing homes, or other institutional care. Respite programs across the United States field-tested tools for measuring program outcomes. The tools were developed by Dr. Ray Kirk of the University of North Carolina and are published in the ARCH guidebook, Evaluating and Reporting Outcomes: a Guide for Respite and Crisis Care Program Managers (1999). A second edition, revised by ARCH Evaluation Specialist Casandra Firman, was published in December, 2002. Click here.