Lifespan Respite Care Program

 

Project Summary

 

Grantee Organization: †Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services

 

State:† Texas

 

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

 

Contact: Christy Fair, Christy.fair@dads.state.tx.us

 

Project Overview:

The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) will implement a statewide respite program to enhance and expand the coordination and availability of respite services in the state. Objectives include: (1) the creation of the Texas Respite Coordination Center (TRCC); (2) increasing the availability of respite services; (3) implementing a caregiver awareness campaign; and, (4) developing best practices, materials and tools for respite care providers. DADS will administer the contract for the TRCC, as well as the contracts for expanding services under a newly enacted House Bill 802.†

DADS will also carry out several activities related to the statewide awareness campaign. The TRCC will: (1) support the respite coordination and outreach efforts of the Texas Respite Coalition, Aging and Disability Resource Centers and contractors of respite under H.B. 802; (2) compile and annually update a Texas Inventory of Respite Services, (3) conduct respite forums across the state; (4) develop media kits and outreach materials aimed at caregivers; and, (5) develop training and best practice tools for providers of respite services.

 

Outcomes and Products:

Working with the Texas Respite Coalition and other partners, Texas will work toward two outcomes:† (1) caregivers will have a greater knowledge about and access to, a wider array of respite care options; and, (2) Texas will have a respite care system that has greater capacity and is more coordinated across service systems.

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission will conduct ongoing evaluation activities to assess the programís effectiveness, using a comparison analysis of the Inventory, as well as provider interviews and a caregiver survey.