State Lifespan Respite Grantees and Programs

Funded by the Administration for Community Living, U.S. 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, Sustainbility and Performance Measurement Tools, Highlights of State Lifespan Respite Summits and Learning Symposiums, Upcoming Events, and the Discussion Forum, where you can post a question or share news and tools. Click Here!

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: 602-781-5814
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Grant Summary

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

Lynn Fyanes 
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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Aleatha Dickerson
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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

Josh Houben
SC Department of Aging
1301 Gervais Street
Columbia, SC 29201
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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

Brandoe Boe
Program Specialist II
Division of Long Term Services & Supports
South Dakota Department of Human Services
3401 10th Ave. SE
Aberdeen, SD 57401-8000
605.367.4777, Ext: 1000410 
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Grant Summary

Mississippi

James Davis
Mississippi Department of Human Services
601-359-4928
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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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Grant Summary


Texas     

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)

Kristen Smith
DHHS Administrator
Children & Family Services
Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
(402) 450-9387
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Grant Summary

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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Grant Summary

Nevada

Jamie Ahumada, LMSW
Social Services Program Specialist II – No Wrong Door
Nevada Department of Health and Human Services
Aging and Disability Services Division
Planning, Advocacy, and Community Services Unit
3416 Goni Rd Ste I
Carson City, NV 89706
(775) 684-5881 |F: (775) 687-0581|
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Cheryl Dinnell
Lifespan Respite Grant Project Coordinator
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Grant Summary

Washington

Geene Felix Delaplane
Kinship Care and Lifespan Respite Program Manager
Home and Community Services
Aging & Long-Term Support Administration
Washington State Department of Social and Health Services
360.725.3544 / Toll-free1-800-422-3263
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Grant Summary

 

Wisconsin   

Susan Larsen, Chief
Program Integrity and Compliance Section
Bureau of Children's Services
Division of Medicaid Services
Wisconsin Department of Health Services
(608) 267-9184
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 Updated October 2020.  If you have additions or corrections, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..