Federal Funding and Support Opportunities for Respite
Building Blocks for Lifespan Respite Systems
Authors: Susan Dougherty
For summary version of report, see Lifespan Respite "101" Tool Kit Fact Sheet 2: Building Blocks: Federal Funding for Respite for All Ages
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This guide provides basic information about each of the federal programs that provide or could potentially provide respite funding or support. It is meant to be used by state Lifespan Respite Care Programs and their partners to help identify the funding sources that
· could be the building blocks for the state’s Lifespan Respite systems,
· could help serve the underserved,
· could help build respite capacity and quality and help recruit and retain respite workers, and
· would identify the individuals who administer these funds for future collaboration and partnerships.
This guide can also be useful to community- and faith-based programs and other local public and private entities that are looking for potential sources of funding to help build new respite programs or expand or sustain current efforts to fund training opportunities for respite providers or to enhance quality in other ways. It can also be useful to family caregivers or those who assist them in helping to identify sources of funding that could be used to pay for respite. Having numerous potential funding sources for respite certainly does not suggest that funding is even close to sufficient to meet the need, but it does suggest the need to coordinate such efforts to maximize their benefits.
This guide is divided into eight major sections. One of the sections focuses on Medicaid and Medicare programs. The second section, Medicaid Waiver Programs, describes the largest source of federal funding for respite that serves all age groups and individuals with various disabling and chronic conditions. An additional section describes provisions enacted in health care reform that have the potential to support respite. Three of the remaining sections describe respite funding sources specific to the age and/or special need of the care recipient: Programs for Children Only, Programs Serving All Ages, and Programs for the Aging. The last two sections describe respite funding sources for American Indians and Military Families and Veterans. Each program is summarized in a table in the Appendix.
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Table of Contents
Preface and Acknowledgements
Medicaid and Medicare, including Medicaid Waivers
Health Care Reform Provisions
Programs for Children Only
Child Welfare and Child Abuse Prevention
Child Education/Health/Mental Health
Child and Family Low-Income Assistance
Programs Serving all Ages
Programs for the Aging
Programs for American Indians
Programs for Military Families and Veterans
Appendix: Summary Table
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