Funding Sustainability for Lifespan Respite Programs, Part II: Examples from the States

August 14, 2012

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Examples from the States 

As federal, state, and even private funding sources remain extremely limited, state Lifespan Respite grantees and their partners will have to work creatively to maximize and more efficiently identify and use available resources to ensure the viability of their Lifespan Respite systems once their Lifespan Respite grants are expended.  Meaningful and well-established partnerships are central to this effort.

ARCH held this second webinar on Funding Sustainability on August 14, 2012. Representatives affiliated with State Lifespan Respite programs provided examples of funding sustainability plans, public and private funding sources leveraged to help families pay for respite, and ways to support the ongoing infrastructure of Lifespan Respite systems.

Concrete state and local examples of using federal funding to support respite taken from the ARCH guide to Federal Funding and Support Opportunities for Respite were shared. Possible federal funding sources that can help support state funding for respite system infrastructure, training, services and family caregiver respite support and how to partner with the state agencies that administer these funds were reviewed.

This webinar will be most useful for Lifespan Respite grantees and their partners, but may be of interest to anyone concerned about funding sustainability for respite services.

  • Rose Ann Percival, Community Partnerships Coordinator, Center for Learning & Leadership/OK University Center on Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
  • Susan Robinson, Director, South Carolina Respite Coalition
  • David Besst, Caregiver Support Specialist, Arizona Department of Economic Security, Division of Aging and Adult Services

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