State Lifespan Respite Grantees and Programs

Funded by the Administration for Community Living, US Department of Health and Human Services, State Lifespan Respite Programs or Projects are run by a designated state government lead agency, which works in collaboration with a state respite coalition and an Aging and Disability Resource Center Program/No Wrong Door System. Their purpose is to implement statewide systems of coordinated, community-based respite for family caregivers caring for individuals with special needs of all ages. Since 2009. thirty-seven states and the District of Columbia have received Lifespan Respite grants from ACL. Those states that currently have federal grants or have sustained Lifespan Respite grant activities initiated with earlier grants or are supported by state funding are identified below with state agency contact information. A list of all states granted awards since 2009 are listed in the right-hand menu. You may also want to contact the State Respite Coalition for additional information and respite resources.

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Lifespan Respite State Contacts and State Summaries of Grant Activities

Alabama

Traci H. Dunklin
Alabama Caregiver Program Director
Alabama Department of Senior Services
201 Monroe St. RSA Tower, Suite 350
P.O. Box 301851
Montgomery, AL 36130
(334) 242-5772
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 Grant Summary

New York

Deana Prest
NY State Office for the Aging
2 Empire State Plaza
Albany, NY 12223
Phone: (518) 486-2719
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Grant Summary

Arizona

Lita Nelson
Family Caregiver Support Program Coordinator
DES/Division of Aging and Adult Services
1789 W. Jefferson St.
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Office: (602) 542-6602
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North Carolina

Alicia Blater, M.S., APR
Lifespan Respite Project Director
Division of Aging and Adult Services
NC Dept. of Health and Human Services
2101 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-2101
919.855.3413 (O)
919.715.0868 (fax)
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Grant Summary

Arkansas

Sarah J. Schmidt
Arkansas Department of Human Services
Division of Provider Services & Quality Assurance
Program Administrator
700 S Main St. |Little Rock, AR 72203
501-320-6555
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Grant Summary

North Dakota

Nancy Nikolas Maier, Director
ND DHS Aging Services Division
1237 W Divide Ave #6
Bismarck, ND 58501
701-328-4607
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Mary Weltz
Program Administrator
DHS-Aging Services Division
(701) 328-4643
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Grant Summary

Colorado

Peggy Spaulding
State Unit on Aging 
CO Department of 
Human Services
1575 Sherman St., 10th Floor
Denver, CO 80203
303.866.2867
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Grant Summary

Oklahoma

Nadine Walter
Lifespan Respite Grant Manager
50 NE 23rd Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
(405) 306-9730
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Grant Summary

 Idaho

Pam Oliason 
Program Specialist 
Idaho Commission on Aging  
341 West Washington Street, 3rd FL
Boise, Idaho 83702
208.557.2852 
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Grant Summary

Rhode Island

Michelle Szylin
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Mackenzie Thiessen
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Office of Healthy Aging
Hazard Building, 2nd Floor
4 West Road
Cranston, RI 02920
Phone: 401- 462-0539 

Grant Summary

Maryland

Dorinda A. Adams, LGSW
Programs Manager
Office of Adult Services
Social Services Administration
Maryland Department of Human Resources
311 W. Saratoga Street, Room 582
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
410.767.7323; Fax - 410.333.0127
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Grant Summary

South Carolina

TBD
Interim Division Director
Community Resources Division
SC Lieutenant Governor's Office on Aging
1301 Gervais Street, Suite 350
Columbia, SC 29201

Grant Summary

Massachusetts

Amy Korstvedt Nazaire
Director of Family Support & Children’s Services
Dept. of Developmental Services –NE Region
PO Box A, 450 Maple Street
Hathorne MA  01937
978-774-5000 x386
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Grant Summary

South Dakota

Deb Petersen, Project Manager
Lifespan Respite Care Program Grant
Division of Long Term Services and Supports
Department of Human Services
3800 East Hwy 34 – Hillsview Plaza
c/o 500 East Capitol
Pierre, SD 57501-5070
Phone: (605) 773-4449 
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Grant Summary

 Mississippi

Mary Shearrill
Senior Program Adminisrator
Mississippi Department of Human Services
Phone: 601.359.4899
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Tennessee

Daniel Mitchell
Aging Program Consultant
Tennessee Commission on 
Aging and Disability
502 Deaderick Street, 9th Fl
Nashville, TN 37243
615.253.3680
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Grant Summary

Montana

Patrick Kelley
MT Office on Aging
PO Box 4210
Helena, MT 59604
406-444-0998
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Texas     (not a current federal grantee)

Jeana T. Bores
Grant Coordinator III, Office of Aging and Disability Resource Centers
Community Access/Access and Eligibility Services
Health and Human Services Commission
909 W. 45th St, Bldg 555, Austin, Texas 78705
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Nebraska
(not a current federal grantee)

Sharon J. Johnson
Program Coordinator
DHHS – Children and Family Services
P.O. Box 95026
Lincoln, NE  68509-5026
(531) 220-6077
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Virginia

Nick Slentz 
Human Services Program Coordinator
Dept for Aging and Rehabilitative Services
1610 Forest Avenue, Suite 100
Henrico, VA 23229
804.588.3978 or 804.662.9333
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Nevada

Jeff Duncan
Social Services Chief II
Nevada Department of Health and Human Services
Aging and Disability Services Division
Planning, Advocacy and Community Services Unit
1860 E. Sahara Ave.
Las Vegas, Nevada 89104
T: (702) 486-3558 | F: (702) 486-3236
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Cheryl Dinnell
Lifespan Respite Grant Project Coordinator
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Washington

Dana Allard-Webb
Aging & Long-Term Support Administration
Washington State Department of Social and Health Services
(O) 360-725-2552
(Toll-free) 1-800-422-3263
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Wisconsin    (not a currrent federal grantee)

Lisa Schneider
1835 E. Edgewood Dr. Suite 105 - 436
Appleton, WI 54913
Phone: (608) 222-2033
Fax: (608) 222-2034
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 Updated October 2019.  If you have additions or corrections, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..