Lifespan Respite Care Program


Project Summary


Grantee Organization:  New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, Special Medical Services


State:  New Hampshire


Project Period: September 30, 2009 to September 29, 2012


Contact: Elizabeth Collins,


Project Overview:

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, Special Medical Services, supports the Lifespan Respite Care (LRC) project in collaboration with the Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services, Bureau of Developmental Disabilities, Bureau of Behavioral health, Division of Children and Youth, National Alliance on Mental Illness, New Hampshire, New Hampshire Family Voices, and the College of Direct Support.  The goal of the project is to increase availability of trained LRC providers for New Hampshire residents. 

The objectives are: 1) choose direct support training modules appropriate to respite care providers, modifying them to meet the project needs, 2) develop training modules for the Severely Emotionally Disturbed (SED) and the Traumatic Brain Injured (TBI) populations, 3) develop a marketing campaign to recruit and train providers, 4) design and implement a coordinated registry providing access to fully trained respite care providers, 5) institute a pilot for the LRC targeting a specific population with SED based upon the model of New Hampshire Division of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) Adoptive Care Respite Pilot, and 6) have the work plan and evaluation for sustainability of LRC overseen by the Planning Advisory Group.


Outcomes and Products:

Outcomes of the Lifespan Respite Care Project include: 1) developed, expanded and marketed comprehensive respite training curriculum to meet the Lifespan Respite Care needs of NH residents, 2) established and coordinated registry of trained LRC providers, and 3) a completed pilot utilizing the LRC trained providers, targeting children and youth with SED.

The products from this project include a final report, evaluation results, marketing tools, and a LRC registry for New Hampshire.