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State Respite and Caregiver Task Force Reports

California Task Force on Family Caregiving

The California Task Force on Family Caregiving was established to examine issues relative to the challenges faced by family caregivers and opportunities to improve caregiver support, review the current network and the services and supports available to caregivers, and make policy recommendations to the Legislature. A website is maintained by the Leonard Davis School of Gerontology at the University of Southern California, the non-state organization that is providing administrative support to the task force.

In June 2017, a report was prepared on Existing Caregiver Task Forces across the U.S.

Colorado Respite Care Task Force

The Respite Care Task Force was established by HB 15-1233 to study respite care services in Colorado and report its findings to the General Assembly. Respite provides caregivers temporary relief from caring for children or adults of any age with special needs who are unable or need assistance to care for themselves. The Colorado Respite Care Task Force report published in January 2016 presents the Task Force’s findings and recommendations.

Delaware Family Caregiving Task Force

The Delaware Family Caregiving Task Force was formed with the passage of House Concurrent Resolution 57 during the 2014 legislative session. The charge of the task force was to make findings and recommendations regarding the support needs of family caregivers who assist older people and people with disabilities. The Task Force presented the Caregiver Support Blueprint for Delaware to the Delaware General Assembly on May 31, 2015.

Idaho Family Caregiver Task Force

During the 2015 Idaho Legislative Session, HCR 24 was passed, calling for the formation of a Task Force to study the problems facing family caregivers of individuals across the lifespan, identify the supports available in Idaho, research best practice in other states, and to make recommendations for action in Idaho to support this growing, unpaid, caregiver workforce. The Idaho Family Caregiver Alliance was established through a 3-year Lifespan Respite Grant to the Idaho Commission on Aging from the Administration on Community Living (ACL). They helped the develop the Task Force's final report, Caregivers in Idaho.

Maryland Task Force on Family Caregiving and Long-term Supports and the MD Commission on Caregiving

Maryland’s Task Force on Family Caregiving and Long-Term Supports was formed by SB 297, Ch 155 to “identify those policies, programs, and resources currently available to [caregivers], and also look for innovative and creative means to support [caregivers] as they provide in-home care and assistance ..." A final report was issued and authorization for the Task Force ended October 30, 2016. 

Several respite recommendations were made including:

Given that respondents to the 2015 Maryland Respite Caregiver Survey conducted by the Maryland Caregiver Support Coordinating Council (MCSCC) advised that 48% of these family caregivers currently have no access to respite care (a situation which likely increases stress and morbidity among a significant proportion of caregivers and care recipients), Maryland should develop a state plan for building needed capacity in this area.

Also at the recommendation of the Task Force on Family Caregiving and Long-Term Supports, legislation was enacted and signed by the Governor in April that renames the Maryland Caregivers Support Coordinating Council to be the Maryland Commission on Caregiving; alters the membership of the Commission to include certain members of the General Assembly; and requires the Commission to provide ongoing analysis of best practices in family caregiver support programs and to monitor implementation of the Commission’s recommendations. Their focus is lifespan. The MD Respite Care Coalition has representation on the Commission.

Mississippi Caregiver Task Force

A Caregiver Task force functioning under direction from the Mississippi Legislature through Senate Concurrent Resolution 561 developed recommendations to legislators on the direction that Mississippi should be taking in identifying and meeting the needs of the thousands of caregivers across the state. A report titled Caregiver Support Blueprint for Mississippi was presented to the Governor, Lieutenant Governor and legislators on December 1, 2014.

New Mexico’s Family Caregiver Task Force

The Task Force was established by HJM 4 in 2014 to “create a state plan for addressing the challenges faced by family caregivers.” One of the seven main goals recommended by the task for in it s final report, New Mexico State Plan for Family Caregivers, was to ensure that family caregivers access respite. 






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This project is supported, in part by grant number 90LT0002, from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects under government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official Administration for Community Living policy.

 

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