Lifespan Respite TA and Resource Center
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Meeting the Respite Needs of the Nation’s Family Caregivers
Lifespan Respite is defined in the Lifespan Respite Care Act as "coordinated systems of community-based respite for family caregivers of children or adults regardless of special need."
Since the Lifespan Respite Care program was first funded in 2009, the Administration for Community Living (ACL) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has funded thirty-eight states and the District of Columbia to establish or enhance Statewide Lifespan Respite systems; provide planned and emergency respite care; recruit and train respite workers and volunteers; and connect family caregivers to respite information and services. Read more about the Lifespan Respite Care Program.
ARCH receives funding from ACL to house the Lifespan Respite Technical Assistance and Resource Center (TARC). Through the TARC, ARCH provides training and technical assistance to the Lifespan Respite Network with a focus on performance measurement, sustainability, best practices, and research. Scroll to the bottom of the page to see the range of training and technical assistance activities provided by the TARC.
If you are a new Lifespan Respite grantee or partner, read more about the program and ARCH resources In the Orientation Guide.
Lifespan Respite 101
Lifespan Respite 101 includes tools, presentations, and fact sheets that can help you better understand Lifespan Respite systems and services. Useful for states that are considering applying for a Federal Lifespan Respite Care Program grant, enhancing their current Lifespan Respite grant activities, or for individuals or organizations that want to build or strengthen a coalition.
ARCH TARC Training and Technical Assistance Activities
ARCH receives funding from the Administration for Community Living (ACL) to house the Lifespan Respite Technical Assistance and Resource Center (TARC). Through the TARC, ARCH provides training and technical assistance to the Lifespan Respite Network with a focus on performance measurement, sustainability, best practices, and research.
ARCH training and technical assistance activities include:
- ARCH respite fact sheets on topics across age and disability categories
- Network-wide webinars
- Lifespan Respite grant best practices and key accomplishments
- Innovative and Exemplary respite services
- Learning Collaboratives and Symposiums
- Guidebooks and manuals
- Performance measurement and evaluation guidance
- Sustainability planning
- Promotion of new respite research through the Respite Research Consortium
- Family caregiver resources, including Nine Steps to Respite fact sheets for family caregivers, and the National Respite Locator Service
- A repository for respite training curricula and links to specific state resources
- Assistance in planning State Lifespan Summits that help states build or strengthen coalitions, prepare state agencies to apply for federal Lifespan Respite grants in the future, or enhance and sustain current Lifespan Respite grant activities.
- An ongoing needs assessment of ARCH and State Lifespan Networks to assess new training and TA needs
- Phone and email consultation
2021 Training and Technical Assistance Need Assessment Results
2020 Training and Technical Assistance Needs Assessment Results (abbreviated assessment)
2018 Training and Technical Assistance Needs Assessment Results