DARS Announces a Temporary Lifespan Respite Voucher Program

January 31, 2013 at 3:23 pm Leave a comment

darslogoThe Virginia Lifespan Respite Voucher Program is funded through a federal grant awarded to the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) from the federal Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Aging –Office of Home and Community Based Services.  The Virginia Lifespan Respite Voucher Program provides reimbursement vouchers to home-based caregivers for the cost of temporary, short-term respite care provided to individuals of any age with a disability or special need (infants, children and adults, including elderly persons).

Individuals eligible to apply for voucher funding through the Virginia Lifespan Respite Voucher Program include Virginia caregivers of children or adults who reside in the same household as the person receiving care.  Voucher funding is limited to a total of $400 per family.  All funds must be expended by July 31, 2013.

Respite funds must be requested by the primary caregiver who resides full time in the same household.  Funds may not be used to reimburse household expenses or daycare; funds must be used to reimburse an individual respite care provider or an organization that provides respite. Due to limited funds, not all eligible applications will be approved.

You can access the application information at the DARS website www.vadars.org/services.htm. The forms are available in word or PDF form (the PDF version allows you to fill in the document on your computer & print off for signature).

Questions on the application process can be directed to:

Kristie Chamberlain, 804-662-7154 or 1-800-552-5019 or Kristie.chamberlain@dars.virginia.gov.  An application packet can also be mailed if access to the internet and a printer is not an option.

Please share this announcement with everyone you know! And make copies of the packet for those you may run into that could be interested.

The Lifespan Respite Voucher Program Committee:

  • Mary-Margaret Cash-DARS
  • Kristie Chamberlain-DARS
  • Patricia Goodall-DARS
  • Ellen Nau-DARS
  • Theresa Preda-DARS
  • Monica Uhl-The Partnership at VCU

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