Self-Directed Respite Voucher Guide and Readiness Assessment Tool

developed by Applied Self-Direction in partnership with the ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center. Authors: Molly Morris and Laura Mauldin, Applied Self-Direction

The guide is offered as an updated resource for programs, including State Lifespan Respite Program grantees and their partners who provide respite and are interested in developing and implementing self-directed respite care, especially through voucher programs. Included are: overview materials on self-direction; in-depth case studies of respite voucher programs in three states that currently implement different models of self-directed respite voucher systems; important tax and financial information; labor department regulations; and resources for additional materials.


The Self-Assessment Readiness Review for Self-Directed Respite Voucher Programs is a tool developed in consultation with Applied Self-Direction to complement the Self-Directed Respite Voucher Guide. It can be used by Lifespan Respite grantees, State Respite Coalitions, respite providers, Area Agencies on Aging, and any state or local program considering starting, expanding or enhancing a respite voucher program to conduct an internal assessment of agency readiness.

Readiness Tool (Excel)

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