The National Respite Coalition, the policy division of the ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center, advocates for legislation and administrative change at the federal level to increase funding for respite care, ensure easy access to and flexibility in services, promote person and family-centered services, encourage best practices and enhance program quality, and improve and expand the respite provider workforce.

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This page features: NRC's letters to Congress and the Administration in support of funding, legislation or administrative proposals; letters of support or endorsement from national and state organizations for legislation supported by the NRC; Congressional testimony, and more.

The NRC also sends out timely legislative alerts and policy updates.

FY 2023 Lifespan Respite NRC Appropriations Alert

FY 2023 Congressional Letter from 18 Members of the House to Appropriations Committee in support of Lifespan Respite Care Program funding.

FY 2022 Lifespan Respite Appropriations

NRC Written Testimony for the Record of the House Labor, HHS, Education Appropriations Subcommittee public witness hearing in support of Lifespan Respite Care Program FY 2022.

NRC also submitted testimony for the record to the Senate Labor, HHS, Education Appropriations Subcommittee in support of FY 2022 funding for Lifespan Respite.

ARCH and NRC Statements to the RAISE Family Caregiving Advisory Council and the Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Advisory Council

May 21, 2020 - ARCH Presentation to ACL's RAISE Family Caregiving Advisory Council

ARCH proposed the following respite solutions for including in the National Strategy on Family Caregiving:

Public Sector Strategies:

Public/Private Partnerships:

Watch the Video of the May 21, 2020, Advisory Council meeting, and see the Meeting Agenda.

February 7, 2020 - NRC comments in response to RFIs from the Administration for Community Living
Presidential Transition Brief

December 2020 - National Respite Coalition's Policy Recommendations to the Biden-Harris Presidential Transition Team.