State Respite Coalition & Lifespan Respite Grantee Contacts

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AL

Alabama

Alabama

Lifespan Respite Grantee - Alabama Caregiver Program
Traci H. Dunklin
Alabama Caregiver Program Director
(334) 242-5772
Traci.Dunklin@adss.alabama.gov

Nick Nyberg
nick.nyberg@adss.alabama.gov 

State Respite Coalition - Alabama Lifespan Respite
info@alabamarespite.org

Alabama Respite, a Project of UCP of Huntsville and Tennessee Valley
Tracy Cieniewicz
(256) 859-4900
(256) 859-4332 FAX
tracyc@ucphuntsville.org

Website

AZ

Arizona

Arizona

Lifespan Respite Grantee - DES/Division of Aging and Adult Services
Lita Nelson
Family Caregiver Support Program Coordinator
Office: 602-781-5814
litanelson@azdes.gov 

Arizona Caregiver Coalition
Arizona Caregiver Resource Line
1-888-737-7494
CRL@AZCaregiver.net

Jutta Ulrich
Executive Director
602-542-6593
Info@AZRespite.org 

Website

AR

Arkansas

Arkansas

Lifespan Respite Grantee - Division of Provider Services and Quality Assurance
Sarah Schmidt
Deputy Director
(501) 320-6555 (office)
sarah.schmidt@dhs.arkansas.gov 

Arkansas Lifespan Respite Coalition
Buster Lackey
buster.lackey@namiarkansas.org
Advocacy Contact: Sha Stevens

Website 

CA

California

California

California Respite Association

Co-Chairs

Manos Home Care
Geneva Ziaoure
510-336-2900
geneva@manoshomecare.com 

Shella Care Mgt Services
Michael Foster
Phone: (951)229-2722
mfoster@shellacare.com 

Website

CO

Colorado

Colorado

Lifespan Respite Grantee - CO Department of Human Services
Amy C. Harris, J.D.
Contract and Grant Specialist
State Unit on Aging
amy.harris@state.co.us 

Colorado Respite Coalition
Megan Bettinger
Easterseals CO
303-233-1666
mbettinger@eastersealscolorado.org 

Website

FL

Florida

Florida

Florida Lifespan Respite Alliance
Info@FLlifespanrespite.com

Website

ID

Idaho

Idaho

Lifespan Respite Grantee - Idaho Commission on Aging 
Lynn Fyanes 
 208.557.2852 
lynn.fyanes@aging.idaho.gov

Idaho Caregiver Alliance
Marilyn Sword
Frontier Group, LLC
208-344-8585
FrontierGroupIdaho@gmail.com 

Website

IL

Illinois

Illinois

Lifespan Respite Grantee - Illinois Department of Human Services
Division of Developmental Disabilities
Meg Cooch
Deputy Director
Meg.Cooch@illinois.gov 

Illinois Respite Coalition 
Tina Yurik
President, IRC Board
ilrespitecoalition@gmail.com

Website

MD

Maryland

Maryland

Lifespan Respite Grantee - Office of Adult Services, Social Services Administration
Maryland Department of Human Resources

Yetunde Olobatuyi
yetunde.olobatuyi1@maryland.gov 

MA

Massachusetts

Massachusetts

Lifespan Respite Grantee - MA Department of Developmental Services
Amy Nazaire
Director of Family Support/Lifespan Respite Grant Project Director
(978) 774-5000 x386
amy.nazaire@state.ma.us

Massachusetts Respite Coalition
Lisa Marschke
lisa.marschke@umassmed.edu

MS

Mississippi

Mississippi

Lifespan Respite Grantee - Mississippi Department of Human Services
James Davis
601-359-4928
james.davis@mdhs.ms.gov 

Mississippi Family Caregiver Coalition
Spencer Blalock, DHA, LCSW
caregiverstaskforce@yahoo.com 

MT

Montana

Montana

Lifespan Respite Grantee - MT Office on Aging
Patrick Kelley
406-444-0998
Patrick.Kelley@mt.gov 

Montana Respite Coalition
Vicki Clear
Developmental Educational
Assistance Program
1-800-234-6034
(406) 234-6034
vclear@deapmt.org

Website

NE

Nebraska

Nebraska

State Lifespan Respite Program - Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
Kristen Smith
DHHS Administrator
Children & Family Services
(402) 450-9387
Kristen.smith@nebraska.gov 

Hanna Quiring
Children & Family Services
531-530-7011
Hanna.Quiring@nebraska.gov 

Looking for respite? Contact the NE Lifespan Respite Network.

Call 1-866-RESPITE

NV

Nevada

Nevada

Lifespan Respite Grantee - Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, Aging and Disability Services Division, Planning, Advocacy, and Community Services Unit
Annemarie Culp
Caregiver Support Coordinator
TBD |F: (775) 688-2969 | Email: aculp@adsd.nv.gov

Nevada Lifespan Respite Care Coalition
Cheryl Dinnell
Executive Director
CDinnell.contractor@adsd.nv.gov 

Website

NJ

New Jersey

New Jersey

State Respite Coalition - Family Resource Network of NJ
Renata Svincicka, M.P.A.
Community Health Manager
Phone: 609-392-4900, ext 306
Fax: 609-392-5621
rsvincicka@familyresourcenetwork.org

NM

New Mexico

New Mexico

Lifespan Respite Grantee
New Mexico Aging and Long-Term Services Department
Cara Ortega, MSW, LCSW
Director, Office of Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care
Phone: (505) 470-0539
Cara.Ortega@state.nm.us

New Mexico Caregivers Coalition
Adrienne Smith
PO Box 297
Bernalillo, NM
Phone: 505.867.6046
info@nmdcc.org

Website

NY

New York

New York

Lifespan Respite Grantee - NY State Office for the Aging
Deana Prest
Phone: (518) 486-2719
Deana.Prest@aging.ny.gov 

New York State Caregiving and Respite Coalition
Doris Green, MPA
Director 
Lifespan of Greater Rochester
585-287-6393
dgreen@lifespan-roch.org

Website

 

NC

North Carolina

North Carolina

Lifespan Respite Grantee - Division of Aging and Adult Services
NC Dept. of Health and Human Services
TBD

NC Lifespan Respite Project Voucher Program
Caregiver Program Coordinator
828-265-5434 ext. 139
lifespan@hccog.org

Website

ND

North Dakota

North Dakota

Lifespan Respite Grantee -- DHS Aging Services Division
Nancy Nikolas Maier, Director
701-328-4607
nmaier@nd.gov 

Mary Weltz
Program Administrator
(701) 328-4643
mweltz@nd.gov 

North Dakota Respite Coalition - AARP North Dakota
Josh Askvig
ASD- Advocacy
701-355-3642
JAskvig@aarp.org 

OK

Oklahoma

Oklahoma

Lifespan Respite Grantee and Oklahoma Caregiver Coalition - Community Living, Aging and Protective Services, OK Department of Human Services

Nadine Walter
(405) 306-9730
Nadine.Walter@okdhs.org

Talena Ford
Lifespan Respite Grant Manager
talena.ford@okdhs.org

Website

Sooner Success Respite. By calling 1-877-441-0434 Sooner SUCCESS can help you find the respite option that best fits your needs. In Oklahoma City, please call 271-5700, X47801 for respite information and eligibility.

PA

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania

Alliance for Community Respite Care (ACRC) 
MaryJo Alimena Caruso
mjcaruso@friendsnrc.org

Website

RI

Rhode Island

Rhode Island

Lifespan Respite Grantee - Office of Healthy Aging
Aleatha Dickerson
Phone: 401- 462-0539 
Aleatha.Dickerson@oha.ri.gov 

Family Caregiver Alliance of Rhode Island
Courtney Smith
Assistant Director
United Way 2-1-1 in Rhode Island
401-519-0366
Fax 401-444-0635
courtney.smith@uwri.org 

Website

SC

South Carolina

South Carolina

Lifespan Respite Grantee
South Carolina Department of Aging
Jenny Andrews, MSW
Respite and Special Programs Manager
Phone: 803-734-9867
jandrews@aging.sc.gov  

South Carolina Respite Coalition
TBD
Executive Director
Toll free: (866) 345-6786
(803) 935-5027
Fax: (803) 935-5229 

Website

SD

South Dakota

South Dakota

Lifespan Respite Grantee - South Dakota Department of Human Services

Julie Mendelson
Long Term Services and Supports
Program Specialist - Caregiver & Dementia Services
(605)394-2224 | Email: julie.mendelson@state.sd.us

TN

Tennessee

Tennessee

Lifespan Respite Grantee - Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disabilities
Lacey Aviles
Aging Program Administrator
Home and Community Based Services
Phone: 615-855-9913 | Email: Lacey.Aviles@tn.gov

Tennessee Respite Coalition
Megan Schwalm
Executive Director
(888) 579-3754 or
(615) 269-8687
Fax: (615) 469-7791
megan.schwalm@tnrespite.org 

Jack Read
Respite Voucher Program Coordinator
respite@tnrespite.org 

Website

TX

Texas

Texas

Lifespan Respite Grantee - Texas Health and Human Services Commission
Keely A. Lee, Director of Program Support & Grant Management
Office of Aging and Disability Services
Community Access | Access and Eligibility Services| Medical and Social Services
Direct: (512) 206-5649
Email: Keely.Lee@hhs.texas.gov

Visit Take Time Texas. This is the state’s Lifespan Respite Program. You can search for respite providers on their website.  To talk with someone, visit the Texas Aging and Disability Resource Center near you. You can find the closest one by visiting this website or call 855-YES-ADRC (855-937-2372).

VA

Virginia

Virginia

Lifespan Respite Grantee - Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services
Nick Slentz 
Human Services Program Coordinator
804.588.3978 or 804.662.9333
nick.slentz@dars.virginia.gov 

Virginia Caregiver Coalition

Website

Virginia Lifespan Respite Care Voucher Program

Website

WA

Washington

Washington

Lifespan Respite Grantee - Washington State Department of Social and Health Services
Dana Allard-Webb
Home & Community Services
Aging & Long-Term Support Administration
60-725-2552
dana.allard-webb@dshs.wa.gov 

Lifespan Respite Washington

Lifespan Respite Project Coordinator
Toll-free: 1.800.572.7368
Email:   getrespite@wapave.org  

Website

WI

Wisconsin

Wisconsin

Lifespan Respite Grantee - Wisconsin Department of Health Services
Lynn Gall
Family Caregiver Support Programs Manager
(608) 266-5743
lynn.gall@wisconsin.gov

Respite Care Association of Wisconsin
Lisa Schneider
Phone: (608) 222-2033
Fax: (608) 222-2034
lschneider@respitecarewi.org 

Website

 


Alabama

Lifespan Respite Grantee - Alabama Caregiver Program
Traci H. Dunklin
Alabama Caregiver Program Director
(334) 242-5772
Traci.Dunklin@adss.alabama.gov

Nick Nyberg
nick.nyberg@adss.alabama.gov

State Respite Coalition - Alabama Lifespan Respite
info@alabamarespite.org

Alabama Respite, a Project of UCP of Huntsville and Tennessee Valley
Tracy Cieniewicz
(256) 859-4900
(256) 859-4332 FAX
tracyc@ucphuntsville.org

Website


Arizona

Lifespan Respite Grantee - DES/Division of Aging and Adult Services
Lita Nelson
Family Caregiver Support Program Coordinator
Office: 602-781-5814
litanelson@azdes.gov

Arizona Caregiver Coalition
Arizona Caregiver Resource Line
1-888-737-7494
CRL@AZCaregiver.net

Jutta Ulrich
Executive Director
602-542-6593
Info@AZRespite.org

Website


Arkansas

Lifespan Respite Grantee - Division of Provider Services and Quality Assurance
Sarah Schmidt
Deputy Director
(501) 320-6555 (office)
sarah.schmidt@dhs.arkansas.gov

Arkansas Lifespan Respite Coalition
Buster Lackey
buster.lackey@namiarkansas.org
Advocacy Contact: Sha Stevens

Website 


California

California Respite Association

Geneva Ziaoure
Manos Home Care
4173 McCarthur Blvd Ste 15
Oakland, CA 94619
510-336-2900
geneva@manoshomecare.com

Michael Foster
Shella Care Mgt Services
PO Box 263
Sun City, CA 92586
Phone: (951)229-2722
mfoster@shellacare.com

Website


Colorado

Lifespan Respite Grantee - CO Department of Human Services
Amy C. Harris, J.D.
Contract and Grant Specialist
State Unit on Aging
amy.harris@state.co.us

Colorado Respite Coalition
Megan Bettinger
Easterseals CO
303-233-1666
mbettinger@eastersealscolorado.org 

Website


Florida

Florida Lifespan Respite Alliance
Info@FLlifespanrespite.com

Website


Idaho

Lifespan Respite Grantee - Idaho Commission on Aging
Lynn Fyanes
208.557.2852
lynn.fyanes@aging.idaho.gov

Idaho Caregiver Alliance
Marilyn Sword
Frontier Group, LLC
208-344-8585
FrontierGroupIdaho@gmail.com

Website


Illinois

Lifespan Respite Grantee - Illinois Department of Human Services
Division of Developmental Disabilities
Meg Cooch
Deputy Director
Meg.Cooch@illinois.gov

Illinois Respite Coalition
Tina Yurik
President, IRC Board
ilrespitecoalition@gmail.com

Website


Massachusetts

Lifespan Respite Grantee - MA Department of Developmental Services
Amy Nazaire
Director of Family Support/Lifespan Respite Grant Project Director
(978) 774-5000 x386
amy.nazaire@state.ma.us

Massachusetts Respite Coalition
Lisa Marschke
lisa.marschke@umassmed.edu


Mississippi

Lifespan Respite Grantee - Mississippi Department of Human Services
James Davis
601-359-4928
james.davis@mdhs.ms.gov

Mississippi Family Caregiver Coalition
Spencer Blalock, DHA, LCSW
caregiverstaskforce@yahoo.com


Montana

Lifespan Respite Grantee - MT Office on Aging
Patrick Kelley
406-444-0998
Patrick.Kelley@mt.gov

Montana Respite Coalition
Vicki Clear
Developmental Educational
Assistance Program
1-800-234-6034
(406) 234-6034
vclear@deapmt.org

WEBSITE


Nebraska

State Lifespan Respite Program - Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
Kristen Smith
DHHS Administrator
Children & Family Services
(402) 450-9387
Kristen.smith@nebraska.gov

Hanna Quiring
Children & Family Services
531-530-7011
Hanna.Quiring@nebraska.gov

Looking for respite? Contact the NE Lifespan Respite Network.

Call 1-866-RESPITE


Nevada

Lifespan Respite Grantee - Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, Aging and Disability Services Division, Planning, Advocacy, and Community Services Unit
Annemarie Culp
Caregiver Support Coordinator
Phone: TBD |F: (775) 688-2969 | Email: aculp@adsd.nv.gov

Nevada Lifespan Respite Care Coalition
Cheryl Dinnell
Executive Director
CDinnell.contractor@adsd.nv.gov

WEBSITE


New Jersey

State Respite Coalition - Family Resource Network of NJ
Renata Svincicka, M.P.A.
Community Health Manager
Phone: 609-392-4900, ext 306
Fax: 609-392-5621
rsvincicka@familyresourcenetwork.org


New Mexico

Lifespan Respite Grantee
New Mexico Aging and Long-Term Services Department
Cara Ortega, MSW, LCSW
Director, Office of Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care
Phone: (505) 470-0539
Cara.Ortega@state.nm.us

New Mexico Caregivers Coalition
Adrienne Smith
PO Box 297
Bernalillo, NM
Phone: 505.867.6046
info@nmdcc.org

Website


New York

Lifespan Respite Grantee - NY State Office for the Aging
Deana Prest
Phone: (518) 486-2719
Deana.Prest@aging.ny.gov

New York State Caregiving and Respite Coalition
Doris Green, MPA
Director
Lifespan of Greater Rochester
585-287-6393
dgreen@lifespan-roch.org

WEBSITE


North Dakota

Lifespan Respite Grantee - DHS Aging Services Division
Nancy Nikolas Maier, Director
701-328-4607
nmaier@nd.gov

Mary Weltz
Program Administrator
(701) 328-4643
mweltz@nd.gov

North Dakota Respite Coalition - AARP North Dakota
Josh Askvig
ASD- Advocacy
701-355-3642
JAskvig@aarp.org


Oklahoma

Lifespan Respite Grantee and Oklahoma Caregiver Coalition - Community Living, Aging and Protective Services, OK Department of Human Services

Nadine Walter
(405) 306-9730
Nadine.Walter@okdhs.org

Talena Ford
Lifespan Respite Grant Manager
talena.ford@okdhs.org

WEBSITE

Sooner Success Respite. By calling 1-877-441-0434 Sooner SUCCESS can help you find the respite option that best fits your needs. In Oklahoma City, please call 271-5700, X47801 for respite information and eligibility.


Pennsylvania

Alliance for Community Respite Care (ACRC)
MaryJo Alimena Caruso
mjcaruso@friendsnrc.org

WEBSITE


Rhode Island

Lifespan Respite Grantee - Office of Healthy Aging
Aleatha Dickerson
Phone: 401- 462-0539
Aleatha.Dickerson@oha.ri.gov

Family Caregiver Alliance of Rhode Island
Courtney Smith
Assistant Director
United Way 2-1-1 in Rhode Island
401-519-0366
Fax 401-444-0635
courtney.smith@uwri.org

WEBSITE


South Dakota

Lifespan Respite Grantee - Long-Term Services and Supports, South Dakota Department of Human Services
Julie Mendelson
Program Specialist - Caregiver & Dementia Services
(605)394-2224 | Email: julie.mendelson@state.sd.us


South Carolina

Lifespan Respite Grantee
South Carolina Department of Aging
Jenny Andrews, MSW
Respite and Special Programs Manager
Phone: 803-734-9867
jandrews@aging.sc.gov

South Carolina Respite Coalition
TBD
Executive Director
Toll free: (866) 345-6786
(803) 935-5027
Fax: (803) 935-5229

WEBSITE


Tennessee

Lifespan Respite Grantee - Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disabilities
Lacey Aviles
Aging Program Administrator
Home and Community Based Services
Phone: 615-855-9913 | Email: Lacey.Aviles@tn.gov

Tennessee Respite Coalition
Megan Schwalm
Executive Director
(888) 579-3754 or
(615) 269-8687
Fax: (615) 469-7791
megan.schwalm@tnrespite.org

Jack Read
Respite Voucher Program Coordinator
respite@tnrespite.org

WEBSITE


Texas

Lifespan Respite Grantee - Texas Health and Human Services Commission
Keely A. Lee, Director of Program Support & Grant Management
Office of Aging and Disability Services
Community Access | Access and Eligibility Services| Medical and Social Services
Direct: (512) 206-5649
Email: Keely.Lee@hhs.texas.gov

Visit Take Time Texas. This is the state’s Lifespan Respite Program. You can search for respite providers on their website.  To talk with someone, visit the Texas Aging and Disability Resource Center near you by visiting this website or call 855-YES-ADRC (855-937-2372).

Website


Virginia

Lifespan Respite Grantee - Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services
Nick Slentz
Human Services Program Coordinator
804.588.3978 or 804.662.9333
nick.slentz@dars.virginia.gov 

Virginia Lifespan Respite Voucher Program

WEBSITE

Virginia Caregiver Coalition

WEBSITE


Washington

Lifespan Respite Grantee - Washington State Department of Social and Health Services
Dana Allard-Webb
Home & Community Services
Aging & Long-Term Support Administration
60-725-2552
dana.allard-webb@dshs.wa.gov

Lifespan Respite Washington

Lifespan Respite Project Coordinator
Toll-free: 1.800.572.7368
Email:   getrespite@wapave.org

Website


Wisconsin

Lifespan Respite Grantee - Wisconsin Department of Health Services
Lynn Gall
Family Caregiver Support Programs Manager
(608) 266-5743
lynn.gall@wisconsin.gov

Respite Care Association of Wisconsin
Lisa Schneider
Phone: (608) 222-2033
Fax: (608) 222-2034
lschneider@respitecarewi.org

WEBSITE

What are State Respite Coalitions and how do they differ from Lifespan Respite Programs?

Most State Respite Coalitions are grassroots membership organizations composed of state and local, public and private organizations, which represent individuals with disabilities or chronic conditions of all ages; family caregivers; community and faith-based organizations and respite, social service and health care providers. Most often their activities are focused on advocacy, networking, and public education. Some coalitions also provide training and respite vouchers. They may be run by volunteers or paid staff. Most exist as informal structures, while others are formalized within or as 501(c)(3) nonprofit entities or are administered by a state agency.  ARCH has resources to help you build or strengthen your respite coalition.

Building Respite Coalitions

State Lifespan Respite Grant Programs are administered by a designated state government lead agency, which works in collaboration with a State Respite Coalition and an Aging and Disability Resource Center/No Wrong Door. The purpose of a Lifespan Respite Care Program is to implement statewide systems of coordinated, community-based respite for family caregivers caring for individuals with special needs of any age or condition.

Grantee Activities