Lifespan Respite
Technical Assistance Center

State Guidance on Respite Vouchers

For State examples of respite voucher implementation tools and intake/reimbursement Forms, see Voucher Tools page.


The Alabama Lifespan Respite Resource Network’s (Alabama Respite) voucher respite program has been in existence for 18 years, starting with funding for caregivers of children with disabilities living in one Congressional District in Alabama (District 5, Huntsville area).The program has grown to encompass all seven Congressional Districts in the state and serves all ages and disabilities. The guidance document provides step-by-step guidance on administration of a state respite voucher program and provides links to training manuals for family caregivers, enrollment and other forms, and funding information.  Alabama Respite's voucher program is featured in an in-depth case study in ARCH's Participant Directed Respite Guide above.

Alabama Respite presented their Respite Voucher Model at the 2011 National Lifespan Respite Conference in Arizona. Click here for the PPT slide presentation.


The Oklahoma Lifespan Respite Program, for more than a decade, funneled several federal and state funding streams through a single voucher program. This model is featured, along with the Alabama Lifespan Respite Program, in the Participant Directed Respite Guide (see below). To learn more about the program, see Roseann Percival's presentation in the Webinar: Funding Sustainability - Examples from the States, and Bonnie Kolar's presentation at the 2011 National Respite Conference.

ARCH Resource:  Participant Directed Respite Guide, 2011

To download a pdf, click here



Lifespan Respite

Technical Assistance and Resource Center

ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center

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This project is supported, in part by grant number 90LT0001, 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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