Family Support – Lifespan Respite Reauthorization Bills Introduced

Rep. Jim Langevin (D-RI) and Rep. Gregg Harper (R-MS) introduced the Lifespan Respite Reauthorization Act (H.R. 2535) on May 18, 2017. The companion bill (S. 1188) was introduced in the Senate by Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), and Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) the same day. The Lifespan Respite Care Program, through grants to states, helps build coordinated state lifespan respite systems, helps family caregivers pay for respite or find funding sources, encourages development of new and innovative community and faith based respite opportunities, and trains respite workers and volunteers. The Arc supports this legislation that would reauthorize the program through 2022 at an authorization level of $75 million over five years ($15 million each year).

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