Arizona Lifespan Respite Network

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Make Sense of the Lifespan Respite Care Act

“Lifespan respite care” means a coordinated system of accessible, community-based respite care services for family caregivers of children or adults with special needs. (ARS §46-171)

LIFESPAN RESPITE NETWORK FOR ARIZONA CAREGIVERS!

This page is the link to the Arizona Respite Network which is the home of Arizona’s Lifespan Respite Care Network. The Lifespan Respite Care Network is an integral part of the Arizona Caregiver Coalition, and provides Arizona with an ongoing resource dedicated to supporting caregivers across the lifespan.  Our role is to establish access to the respite they deserve need and support to continue in their all-important caregiving role. Please visit the the Arizona Caregiver Coalition website to learn about a variety of subjects and access to information on the value of respite to caregivers and how caregivers can reach out for a break when they need it!

The Arizona Lifespan Respite Care Program was authorized and funded in 2008 after the the Lifetime Respite Care Program was signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2006. It is now calledLifespan Respite Act” of 2006.
http://www.aoa.gov/aoaroot/Press_Room/Products_Materials/pdf/Lifespan_Respite.pdf

Currently, there are no appropriations from the Arizona State Legislature. We advocate for the return of the Arizona Lifespan Respite Care Program which included appropriations of $500,000 that was  taken away in 2008.  This provision would include a full-time employee with the Arizona Caregiver Coalition to lead and coordinate the Lifespan Respite Care Program which is referred to as the Arizona Caregiver Coalition.

Over the years, the program was developed into what services are currently offered and in development by the Arizona Caregiver Coalition. We offer the statewide Caregiver Resource Line, Arizona Respite Locator and our reimbursement Respite Voucher program when funding is available. Click here to view our services.

Thanks to federal funding over the years, efforts of the Arizona Caregiver Coalition have been supported.  On going advocacy for a state funded Lifespan Respite Care Program is vital to the success and growth of the Arizona Caregiver Coalition. These funds would greatly enhanced Arizona’s chances any funding opportunities for sustainability in the future. Our state has demonstrated their understanding of the importance of lifespan respite care and we look forward to legislative support in upcoming years.


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University of Arizona: Lifespan Respite Study, Jan. 2008
Lifespan Respite Networks across the nation
http://archrespite.org/

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