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Under the Lifespan Respite Care Program, the Administration for Community Living awarded funds to the Center for Health Policy Development, National Academy for State Health Policy to complement the work of the Lifespan Respite Technical Assistance and Resource Center at ARCH. The purpose of the award is to address respite access, workforce issues, and expansion of natural support that emerge as recommendations from the RAISE Family Caregiving Advisory Council's National Family Caregiving Strategy.

Improving access to respite and addressing workforce issues are expected to be a central theme of the Council's proposed strategy. In anticipation of the Council's recommendations, ARCH is partnering with NASHP to advance workforce development by developing, testing, and scaling a respite workforce recruitment, training, and retention program to better meet the needs of culturally and geographically diverse families, with particular attention to the impact of COVID-19 on the workforce. Joining this effort as a subcontractor is the Respite Care Association of Wisconsin. The initiative will be evaluated by Dr. Kim Whitmore at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Nursing, and Ujima Unlimited.

Respite Provider Training and Recrutiment Pilot 

ARCH and the Respite Care Association of Wisconsin are seeking applicants to participate in a pilot project to field test a competency-based entry-level respite provider training curriculum and recruitment campaign.

Background, Eligibility and Application  - read about the intent of the initiative, background, eligibility criteria, expected award amount, and the timeline.  You can view the applications questions in this document as well before completing the online application. 

Eligibility/Readiness Criteria

Instructions for Completing the Application  - Be sure to read these instructions in full before completing the application.  The application must be completed online here:





Information Session - June 30, 2021

Presentation Slides



Expert Work Group on Core Competencies

ARCH  convened an Expert Workgroup to review core competencies for direct support professionals and to identify core competencies specific for respite providers. These core competencies will be used to enhance an existing respite provider training curriculum and field test it in at least six states. The effort will be evaluated, and a replication toolkit developed.

Proposed Respite Care Proressional Competencies - Draft for Public Comment, May 2021


Expert Work Group Meetings

 April 9, 2021

January 21, 2021