National Strategy Implementation Learning Collaborative Meeting

February 16, 2023

Launch of the Lifespan Respite Grantee and Partner Learning Collaborative to Implement the Respite Actions in the 2022 National Strategy to Support Family Caregivers

The RAISE Family Caregiving Advisory Council and the Advisory Council to Support Grandparents Raising Grandchildren put forth the 2022 National Strategy to Support Family Caregivers. The Strategy outlines hundreds of actions that can be taken at the federal, state, and local levels to support families across the lifespan. Many of these actions are related to respite care and the tremendous work that Lifespan Respite Care Program grantees and their partners are already doing.

The new learning collaborative will provide dedicated time to explore how these respite actions currently are, or could be, embedded into current Lifespan Respite grant work plans, as well as support new ways to increase access to and awareness of respite services in the states, and identify and establish new partnerships. Additionally, the work of this group will help inform next steps for the new RAISE Family Caregiving Advisory Council.

ARCH prepared The Role of Respite in the National Strategy to Support Family Caregivers – An ARCH Policy to Practice Brief to provide a foundation and context for the Learning Collaborative moving forward.

At the launch of this new collaborative, Wendy Fox Grage, Senior Policy Director with the National Academy for State Health Policy, who oversees the work ofย  The RAISE Act Family Caregiver Resource and Dissemination Center, provided an overview of the 2022 National Strategy to Support Family Caregivers and next steps Lifespan Respite Grantees and Partners can take to advance the respite actions within it.