State Lifespan Respite Programs

Funded by the Administration for Community Living, US Department of Health and Human Services, State Lifespan Respite Programs or Projects are run by a designated state government lead agency, which works in collaboration with a state respite coalition and an Aging and Disability Resource Center. Their purpose is to implement statewide systems of coordinated, community-based respite for family caregivers caring for individuals with special needs of all ages. Since 2009. thirty-three states and the District of Columbia have received Lifespan Respite grants from ACL. Those states that currently have federal grants or have sustained Lifespan Respite grant activities initiated with earlier grants are identified below with state agency contact information. You may also want to check contact the State Respite Coalition for additional information and respite resources.

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Alabama

Shakirah Tajuddin
AL Cares/Lifespan Respite Coordinator
Alabama Department of Senior Services
770 Washington Avenue
Montgomery, AL 36130
314-242-5772
Fax: 334-353-8467
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Julie Miller

Programs Division Chief
Alabama Department of Senior Services
334-353-9285
Fax: 334-353-8467
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New Hampshire

Elizabeth Collins, RN-BC, MS Administrator/CSHCN Director 
Special Medical Services 
129 Pleasant Street Concord, 
NH 03301 
(603) 271-8181 
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Arizona

David Besst
Caregiver Support Specialist
AZ Dept. of Economic Security
Division of Aging and
Adult Services
1789 W. Jefferson Street, 950A
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone: 602-542-6431
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New Jersey

Terri Wilson, RN, BSN
Caregiver Initiatives
Specialist
Area Agency on
Aging Administration
Division on Aging Services
Department of Human Services
609-943-4985
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Arkansas

Susie Keesling
Program Administrator
AR DHS-Division of Aging and Adult Services
PO Box 1437| Slot S530
Little Rock AR 72203
501.682.8231
Fax 501.682.8155
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New York

Jennifer Rosenbaum
NY State Office for the Aging
2 Empire State Plaza
Albany, NY 12223
(518) 474-2473
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Karen Iovino
NYSOFA
(518) 474-0099
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Colorado

Peggy Spaulding
State Unit on Aging 
CO Department of 
Human Services
1575 Sherman St., 10th Floor
Denver, CO 80203
303-233-1666
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North Carolina

Alicia Blater
Family Caregiver Support
Program Consultant
NC Div. of Aging and Adult
Services
2101 Mail Service Center,
Raleigh, NC 27699
(919) 855-3413
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Delaware

Carol Barnett
Delaware Division of
Aging and Disabilities
1901 N. DuPont Highway
New Castle, DE
302-255-9364
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Ohio

Jane Byrnes
Ohio Department of Aging
50 W. Broad Street/9th Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215-3363
614-728-5950
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District of Columbia

Linda Irizarry
Public Health Analyst
Aging and Disabilities
Resource Center
Washington, DC
(202) 535-1442
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Oklahoma

Eleanor Kurtz
OK Department of
Human Svcs
(405) 521-4358
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Nadine Walter
Lifespan Respite Grant Manager
2401 N.W. 23rd St., Ste. 40
Oklahoma City, OK 73107
(405) 522-0268
(405) 522-6738
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Florida

Christine Kucera, Operations Management Consultant
Department of Elder Affairs, Division of Statewide Community-Based Services
Caregiver Support Unit
4040 Esplanade Way
Tallahassee, FL 32399-7000
(850) 414-2062
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  Rhode Island

Paula Parker
Department of Elderly Affairs
Hazard Building, 2nd Floor
4 West Road
Cranston, RI 02920
Phone- 462-0539
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Idaho

Pam Catt-Oliason 
Program Specialist 
Idaho Commission on Aging  
341 West Washington Street,3rd FL
Boise, Idaho 83702
208.334.3833 ext. 225
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South Carolina

Anne Wolf
Lifespan Respite Project
Coordinator
Lt. Governor's Office on Aging
1301 Gervais Street
Columbia, SC  29201
803-734-9919
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Iowa

Julie Bergeson
Program Planner
Iowa Department on Aging
510 E 12th St., Ste. 2
Des Moines, IA 50319-9025
515.725.3332
800.532.3213
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Ruth Thompson
Iowa Dept of Aging
510 E. 12th Street
Des Moines, IA  50319
515-250-9748
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Tennessee

Jackie Bruce
Lifespan Respite Grant
Project Director
Tennessee Commission on 
Aging and Disability
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Tabitha Satterfield
Aging Program Coordinator
Tennessee Commission on
Aging and Disability
500 Deaderick Street, Suite 825
Nashville, TN 37243
(615) 741-2056
Fax: (615)741-3309
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Kansas

Craig Kaberline - MSW
Director, Information 
& Community 
Resources Division
Phone: 785-368-7331
Fax: 785-296-0256
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Texas

Nicole Hawk
Texas Department of
Aging and Disability Services
710 West 51st Street
Austin, TX  78751
512-438-5555 
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Louisiana

Gina Rossi, Program Manager 
Office of Aging and 
Adult Services
Department of Health & Hospitals
628 N. 4th Street, 2nd Floor
Baton Rouge LA, 70802
(225) 219-0225
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Massachusetts

Amy Nazaire
Department of Developmental Services
978-774-5000 x386
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Virginia

Liz Havenner, LSW
Human Services Program Coordinator
Dept for Aging and Rehabilitative Services
1610 Forest Avenue, Suite 100
Henrico, VA 23229
(804) 662-7671
(804) 662-7035 - fax
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Montana

Kerrie Reidelbach
MT Office on Aging
PO Box 4210
Helena, MT 59604
406-444-0998
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Washington

Hilarie Hauptman
Aging and Disability Services Adm.
Department of Social and Health Services
4450 10th AVE. SE, Second Floor
Lacey, WA 98503
360-725-2556
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Nebraska

Sharon J. Johnson
Program Coordinator
DHHS – Children and Family Services
Lifespan Respite Subsidy and Disabled Persons &
Family Support Program
P.O. Box 95026
Lincoln, NE  68509-5026
(402) 471-1764
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Nevada

Jeff Duncan, Chief
Supportive Services
Aging and Disability Services Division
1860 E. Sahara Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89104
702-486-3558
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