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Continuing and Past Work

Providing small vouchers for family caregivers to use in obtaining respite services, focusing on family caregivers with no other respite, those in middle age, and families on waiting lists.

Coordinating voucher work closely with the ten Family Caregiver Support Programs and DDSN, statewide, to provide respite to as many families as possible.

Continuing to make referrals and help family caregivers to find respite resources.

Continuing to build a network among providers and human service organizations to maximize respite services.

Working with the DDSN Family Selected Respite Program to ensure uniform documentation of Medicaid requirements to be a respite caregiver (provider) statewide.

Managing an on-line training for employers and respite caregivers in the DDSN family selected program and developing three more training modules for family caregivers and respite caregivers.

Meeting regularly with the State Committee on Respite to work on the plan for Lifespan Respite in S.C. for the next 10 or 15 years.

Continuing to promote cross training between aging network and children's network staff members so they can help family caregivers find respite with only one or two phone calls.

Establishing regional advisory councils to help with respite education and promotion throughout the state.

     -  The Upstate Lifespan Respite Advisory Council will resume meeting in 2017.
     -    Low Country Lifespan Respite Advisory Council has been meeting quarterly. 

Spearheading an annual Respite Awareness Advocacy event each Valentine’s day to educate policy makers about family caregivers and the essential nature of respite to preserve the their physical and mental health.

Continuing follow up communication and work with the Long Term Care Task force of the Institute on Medicine and Public Health. (see report p. 44: http://imph.org/creatingdirection/)

Participated in the task force to implement a small Medicaid waiver program for families caring for children and adolescents with emotional disorders (Palmetto Systems of Care, HHS)

The 2014 Respite Summit "Vision 2020" was held June 18, 2014 with 120 participants.


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