Tools for Collaboration: Building and Sustaining Partnerships for Lifespan Respite

August 12, 2010

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At the heart of Lifespan Respite is the concept of collaboration. Throughout the Lifespan Respite Care Act, and in the federal program guidance, references are made to collaboration and coordination among various stakeholders at the federal, state and local levels. This webinar will explore the history, successes, and challenges of collaboration among state agencies, state respite coalitions, and Aging and Disability Resource Centers. While the lessons to be learned will be most useful for those directly involved in planning and implementation of State Lifespan Respite programs and state respite coalitions, others working in social services, long-term services and supports, and health systems will benefit as well.

Tools for Collaboration Fact Sheet providing background and additional resources


Barbara Snyder
Director of Corporate & Foundation Relations
Easterseals Delaware & Maryland’s Eastern Shore

Ms. Snyder was instrumental in helping to establish the DE Caregiver Coalition in 2003 and was the first director of the DE Lifespan Respite Network.

Barbara Schwartz
Illinois Department on Aging

Ms. Schwartz was the Illinois Department on Aging Project Supervisor for the federally-funded Lifespan Respite Grant and oversaw the Caregiver, Kinship and Intergenerational programs for the Department.

Joseph Lugo
Aging Services Program Specialist
Administration on Aging
US Department of Health and Human Services
Washington, DC

Mr. Lugo is the federal program officer for the Aging and Disability Resource Center Program/No Wrong Door system at the Administration for Community Living

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