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Highlights of Select State Lifespan Respite Summits

State Lifespan Respite Summit Specifications, click here.

Idaho Lifespan Respite Summit, July 16, 2015


The summit was held in the Lewiston/Clarkston area of northern Idaho. Over 80 individuals from northern ID were in attendance. The Summit, Caregiving in Idaho, was hosted by the Idaho Caregiver Alliance and its partners to focus on synergies, strategies and solutions around caregiver respite and support across the lifespan

A panel of caregivers representing diverse caregiving experiences opened the event. Pam Catt-Oliason with the ID Commission on Aging and state Lifespan Respite grant manager provided an overview of respite in ID and shared an update on coalition activities to embed respite and caregiver supports into several major statewide health care initiatives. PPT Presentation.  Participants were then given an opportunity to discuss the future of caregiver respite and supports in Idaho. 

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North Carolina Lifespan Respite Planning Summit, June 18, 2015


The North Carolina Lifespan Respite Project in collaboration with the North Carolina Respite Care Coalition hosted the summit in Raleigh, NC on June 18, 2015. Nearly sixty human service professionals and family caregivers gathered at the Wake County Commons Building in Raleigh, North Carolina to share information and ideas towards the goal of “creating a unified and achievable vision for improving family access to quality Lifespan Respite services in North Carolina.”

The Summit offered participants the opportunity to:

  1. Recognize the importance of respite services to families across the lifespan.
  2. Describe the Lifespan initiatives underway at the state and national level.
  3. Apply new information to the findings of the NC Lifespan Respite Strategic Planning Survey and develop preliminary strategies towards achieving an optimal Lifespan Respite system in North Carolina.
  4. Discuss next steps for further development and implementation of strategies.

Presentation Highlights

  • Alicia Blater, M.S., APR, Lifespan Respite Project Director, NC Division of Aging and Adult Services and Linda Kendall Fields, M.Ed., Lifespan Respite Project Specialist, NC Division of Aging and Adult Services provided an overview of NC's Lifespan Respite grant activities and findings of the NC Lifespan Respite Strategic Planning Survey. PPT Presentation
  • Cindy Miles, President, NC Respite Care Coalition, presented an overview of the coalition and ways that participants could get involved with the coalition.  PPT Presentation

Delaware Lifespan Respite Summit, May 27, 2015


The summit was held in Dover, DE on May 27, 2015 under the sponsorship of Easter Seals, The DE Lifespan Respite Network, and the Division of Services for Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities. Lisa Bond, Deputy Director, of DSAAPD presented an overview of respite and caregiving in the state. 

The goals for the Summit were to:

1. Have legislators, state agencies, and other stakeholders understand the need for respite care funding for caregivers.

2. Educate employers about the growing number of working caregivers, and how we can support both employee and employer.

3. Develop alternative ways to provide respite outside the voucher system we currently use, e.g. co-ops, volunteer training, respite sharing.

4. Discuss ways to sustain the respite voucher system.

A summary of DE Lifespan Respite grant activities accomplished to date as well as a summary chart of respite funding resources in the state were shared with participants.  Small breakout discussion groups responded to these questions: Session 1 and Session 2.

Montana Lifespan Respite Summit, May 12, 2015


The Montana Lifespan Respite Summit hosted by the MT Lifespan Respite Coalition was held in Helena, MT in conjunction with the Governor's Conference on Aging. After a keynote on Lifespan Respite and a panel presentation of family caregivers in the general session, summit participants retreated to hear an overview of the new Montana Respite voucher program presented by Vicki Clear, DEAP, and an overview of MT Lifespan Respite activities by Kerrie Reidelbach, MT Aging Services and Lifespan Respite grant manager, including information on MT's funding sources for respite. Participants then proceeded with round table discussions to answer questions to help advance and inform the state's sustainability work. 

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South Carolina Lifespan Respite Summit, June 18, 2014



The event was held in Columbia, South Carolina on June 18, 2014 under the joint sponsorship of the SC Lifespan Respite Program, the SC Respite Coalition, ARCH and other state partners. The welcome was presented by Tony Kester, Director, SC Lieutenant Governor’s Office on Aging. Over 100 individuals, including family caregivers and SC Respite Coalition partners attended.  Discussion focused on implementation of the SC State Respite Plan and the future of developing a statewide respite system.

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Texas Lifespan Respite Summit, June 12, 2014


The event was held in San Marcos, TX on June 12, 2014 under the joint sponsorship of the TX Lifespan Respite Program and the Texas Respite Coalition, which partners with the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) for the Lifespan Respite Care Program. The Coalition supports DADS in its goal to enhance and expand the coordination and availability of respite services in Texas.  The purpose of the summit was to bring together members of the statewide coalition and to engage other interested parties, including family caregivers, from across the state to address Building the Foundation of a Strategic Plan for Respite in Texas.  Several presenters provided an overview of respite services for various populations, including:

  • Deputy Commissioner Chris Taylor, Texas Health and Human Services Commission.
  • Manda Hall, MD, Title V Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs Director, Assistant Medical Director, Purchased Health Services Unit, TX Dept of State Health Services
  • Christina Wells, Executive Director, Alzheimer's Association, Capital of Texas Chapter

A table of state resources for respite in Texas was also was also presented at the Summit. 

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Nevada Lifespan Respite Summit, June 29, 2012


Presentation Highlights

  • Cheyenne Pasquale, the Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) Project Manager discussed Nevada’s Care Connection, the state’s ADRC, and its role in the State Lifespan Respite Program and in serving family caregivers. Nevada’s ADRC serves all ages including children. For her PPT presentation, click here.
  • Cheryl Dinnell, the Nevada Lifespan Respite Care Program Coordinator, shared preliminary data results from Nevada's Lifespan Respite Balancing Initiative. For the PPT presentation What We Know About Caregivers in Nevada, click here.
  • Jane Gruner, Deputy Administrator, Nevada Mental Health & Developmental Services described her agency’s provision of respite funding through the Regional Centers in a self-directed program. For PPT presentations, click here.

District of Columbia Lifespan Respite Summit, July 18, 2012


Presentation Highlights

  • Linda Irizarry, Project Lead, DC Lifespan Respite Program and Chantelle Teasdell, PhD, DC Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) provided information on the activities to date of the DC Lifespan Respite Program. For the PPT presentation, click here.
  • James Brannum for Robin Exton, Medicaid, DC Department of Health Care Finance (DHCF), and discussed the Home and Community Based Waiver Services, including respite available under the DC Elderly and Persons with Physical Disability (EPD) waiver.
  • Shasta Brown, Developmental Disabilities Administration, Department on Disability Services (DDS) provided an overview of DCs respite services as funded by the Medicaid HCBS Developmental Disabilities Waiver administered by DDS. For the PPT presentation, click here.
  • Ohio Respite Summit, March 2011

    Presentation Highlights

    • Janet Gora, Executive Director,Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati, Charter Member, Ohio Respite Coalition and Marc Molea, AICP, Chief, OAA Division, Ohio Department of Aging. PPT Presentation, The Growing Need for Respite Services in Ohio, click here 

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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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