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.

If you are a Lifespan Respite Grantee or Partner, please visit the Lifespan Respite Grantee/Partner page designed for you. Here you will find Lifespan Respite Shared Tools, Important Internet Links, Upcoming Events, and the Discussion Forum, where you can post a question or share news and tools. Click Here!

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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Julie Waters
Program and Planning Division Chief
Alabama Department of Senior Services
201 Monroe Street, Suite 350, RSA Tower
Montgomery, AL 36130-1851
Office: 334-353-9285
Toll Free: 1-877-425-2243
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New Hampshire

(not a current federal grantee)

Deirdre Dunn Tierney, MS
Administrator II – Family Support
Bureau of Developmental Services/Special Med Services
NH Department of Health and Human Services
129 Pleasant Street, Thayer Building
Concord, NH 03301
Phone: 603-271-4498
Fax: 603-271-4902
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Arizona

Michael Coen
AZ Dept. of Economic Security
Division of Aging and
Adult Services
1789 W. Jefferson Street, 950A
Phoenix, AZ 85007
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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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Arkansas

Susie Keesling, LMSW
Program Administrator
Divi. of Aging, Adult and Behavioral Health 
Arkansas Department of Human Services
PO Box 1437, Slot S530
Little Rock AR 72203 -1437
(501) 508-8924
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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 office
919.715.0868 fax
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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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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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Oklahoma

Eleanor Kurtz
OK Department of Human Services
(405) 521-4358
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Nadine Walter
Lifespan Respite Grant Manager
50 NE 23rd Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
(405) 306-9730
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Florida

Christine Kucera
Operations Management Consultant
Department of Elder Affairs
Div. of Statewide Community-Based Services
Caregiver Support Unit
4040 Esplanade Way
Tallahassee, FL 32399-7000
(850) 414-2062
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Rhode Island

Michelle Szylin
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Mackenzie Thiessen
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Department of Elderly Affairs
Hazard Building, 2nd Floor
4 West Road
Cranston, RI 02920
Phone- 462-0539

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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South Carolina

Anne W. Wolf
Divisional Manager
Community Resources Division
SC Lieutenant Governor's Office on Aging
1301 Gervais Street, Suite 350
Columbia, SC 29201
Phone 803-734-9919, Fax 803-734-9887
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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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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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Tennessee

Tabitha Satterfield
Aging Program Director
Tennessee Commission on 
Aging and Disability
502 Deaderick Street, 9th Fl
Nashville, TN 37243
615.253.4417
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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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Texas

(not a current federal grantee)

Debbie Hall, M.A.
Grant Coordinator
Office of Aging and Disability Resource Centers
Community Access/Access and Eligibility Services
Texas Health and Human Services Commission
Phone: 512-206-4682 Fax: 512-206-4854
909 W. 45th, Bldg 555, Rm. 202
Austin, Texas 78705
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María G. Rodríguez
Program Specialist
Community Access and Grants
Office of Aging and Disability Resource Center
Texas Health and Human Services
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512.206.5410

Mississippi

KenYada Blake
MDHS/MAC Center
750 North State St.
Jackson, MS 39202
601-359-4909
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Virginia

Liz Havenner, LSW
Human Services Program Coordinator
Dept for Aging and Rehabilitative Services
1610 Forest Avenue, Suite 100
Henrico, VA 23229
(804) 662-7671
(804) 662-7035 - fax
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Montana

Kerrie Reidelbach
MT Office on Aging
PO Box 4210
Helena, MT 59604
406-444-0998
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Washington

Hilarie Hauptman
Aging and Disability Services Adm.
WA State Department of Social and Health Services
4450 10th AVE. SE, Second Floor
Lacey, WA 98503
360-725-2556
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Karen Fitzharris
Project Director
Home and Community Services
Aging & Long-Term Support Administration
WA State Dept. of Social and Health Services
(O) 360-725-2254
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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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Wisconsin

(not a currrent federal grantee)

Lisa Schneider, Executive Director
Respite Care Association of Wisconsin
6320 Monona Street -- Suite 407
Madison, WI 53716
(608) 222-2033 Office
(608) 222-2034 Fax
920-540-1094 Mobile
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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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Cheyenne Pasquale
Lifespan Respite Care Program Coordinator
1860 E. Sahara Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89104
702-486-3831
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 Updated May 2018.  If you have additions or corrections, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..