On June 21, the National Respite Coalition sent a letter from 52 national organizations to House and Senate Appropriations Committee requesting $14. 2 million for the Lifespan Respite Care Program in FY 2022. 

On May 19, the House Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee held a public hearing on the FY 2022 appropriations bill for programs in its jurisdiction. The National Respite Coalition submitted testimony for the record.  On June 19, 2022,  testimony was also  submitted for the record by the NRC to the Senate Subcommittee. 

In addition, a co-chair of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Task Force on Autism, Developmental Disabilities and Family Support, of which the NRC is a member, testified at the House subcommittee hearing on May 19 requesting $14 million for the Lifespan Respite Care Program, $205 million for the National Family Caregiver Support Program, and for increases in other programs important to individuals with developmental disabilities, autism, and their caregivers. 26 CCD members also recently sent a letter to House appropriators making these requests.

Last month, fifteen bipartisan Members of the House of Representatives sent a Congressional letter to House appropriators requesting $14.2 million for the Lifespan Respite Care Program in FY 2022.

ACTION: You can take action, too! Grassroots action is the most important way to ensure increased funding for Lifespan Respite and other critical programs. To find out how, see the most recent National Respite Coalition Alert and share with your networks. Introduction of both the House and Senate bills are expected soon, so make contact now!