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February 4, 2013

Volunteers Matter: Excellence in Volunteer Services Award

The National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities (NASUAD) is proud to announce the 2013 Volunteers Matter: Excellence in Volunteer Services Awards. This initiative is designed to highlight successful state-run programs that are leading the way in the creative use of volunteers in the long-term services and supports network. The award is open to programs that help older adults and persons with disabilities in the long-term services and supports system.  

Programs must be statewide in scope and operation. Winning programs will demonstrate innovations in one or more of the following:
  • Promoting intergenerational interaction
  • Incorporating Baby Boomers as volunteers
  • Including Veterans as volunteers or recipients
  • Creative strategies for recruitment and retention of volunteers of varying backgrounds, ages and abilities

Three awards will be given at the 2013 HCBS Conference. Winners will receive:
  • A cash prize of $1,000 to be used to strengthen the winning volunteer program
  • An all-expenses paid trip to the 2013 HCBS conference, September 9-12 in Washington, D.C. where each winner will be recognized and highlight their program's success with the other winners in a joint workshop
  • A NASUAD press release highlighting the program along with recognition on the NASUAD website

Submissions will be accepted from January 31st through May 30th, 2013. Winners will be notified in June, 2013 to prepare for formal announcement at the 2013 HCBS conference.  

Click here to submit your organization's entry for this award.

Click here to see descriptions of the winning programs from 2012.

April 27, 2012

Respite Programs For Family Caregivers Face Cuts Despite Growing Need
By Jessica Marcy, Kaiser
Health News, April 26th, 2012, 3:00 PM

Kaiser Health News reports on state cuts, actual and proposed, to respite services. Several ARCH Respite Coalition and Network members contributed to this story. To see the full article, visit

January 10, 2012

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania studied the records of

over 28,000 children with autism ages 5 to 21 who were enrolled in Medicaid in 2004.  They concluded that for every $1,000 states spent on respite services in the previous 60 days, there was an 8 percent drop in the odds of hospitalization.

This is the major finding from a new study published this month in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. The findings come from a study of records for over 28,000 kids with autism ages 5 to 21 who were enrolled in Medicaid in 2004.  The authors concluded: “Respite care is not universally available through Medicaid. It may represent a critical type of service for supporting families in addressing challenging child behaviors. States should increase the availability of respite care for Medicaid-enrolled children with ASDs”. To see an abstract of the study, click here.

The citation is:

David S. Mandell, ScD; Ming Xie, MS; Knashawn H. Morales, ScD; Lindsay Lawer, MA; Megan McCarthy, MA; Steven C. Marcus, PhD.  The Interplay of Outpatient Services and Psychiatric Hospitalization Among Medicaid-Enrolled Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2012;166(1):68-73. doi:10.1001/archpediatrics.2011.714







The New York Times
The New Old Age
December 31, 2010

Wanted: A National Respite System

The Truth about Respite
An Interview with
Jill Kagan

The Fearless Caregiver Newsletter
February 19, 2013

from the Editor

Gary Barg

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Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN

Conference Website

Deadline for submitting proposals in response to the Call for Presentations has been extended to April 11, 2014!  Click here to submit your proposal online.

Sponsors and Exhibitors Welcome!  For more information, click here.

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ARCH in the News
8 Ways to Volunteer to Help America's Largest Volunteer Health Care Work Force: Family Caregivers, by Sherri Snelling, The Blog, Huffington Post, April 22, 2013. 

The Truth about Respite, An Interview with Jill Kagan, by Gary Barg, Editor, The Fearless Caregiver Newsletter, February 19, 2013

Close to His Heart, Hospital’s unique respite facility fills urgent need, Modern Healthcare, February 11, 2013.

In Sickness and in Health by Stephanie Booth, Real Simple Magazine, February 2013 (ARCH listed as a resource).

Program will help family caregivers take a break by Tammie Smith, Richmond Times-Dispatch, January 31, 2013

Parents Under Stress Find Respite in Crisis Nurseries by Ryann Blackshere, Chronicle of Social Change, February 7, 2013