Lifespan Respite Care Program

Under the Lifespan Respite Care Act, the purpose is to expand and enhance respite care services to family caregivers; improve the statewide dissemination and coordination of respite care; and to provide, supplement, or improve access and quality of respite care services to family caregivers, thereby

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reducing family caregiver strain.

The Act also creates a National Lifespan Respite Resource Center designed to maintain a national database on lifespan respite care; provide training and technical assistance to State, community and nonprofit respite care programs; and provide information, referral, and educational programs to the public on lifespan respite care.

Agency - Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services is the Federal government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially to those who are least able to help themselves.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

Regional Administrator, Administration on Aging, Department of Health and Human Services, Regional Offices.

(See Appendix IV of the Catalog.).
Website Address

http://www.aoa.gov


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Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2008: none. Fiscal Year 2009: We anticipate up to six awards in FY 2009. Lifespan Respite Care Program services will improve quality of respite care services to family caregivers, thereby reducing family caregiver strain. Fiscal Year 2010: unknown.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds shall be used for the development and enhancement of lifespan respite care at the State and local levels; the provision of respite care services for family caregivers caring for children or adults; training and recruiting of respite care workers and volunteers; the provision of information to caregivers about available respite and support services; and assistance to caregivers in gaining access to such services.

Funds may also be used for training programs for family caregivers to assist family caregivers in making informed decisions about respite care services; other services essential to the provision of respite care as may be specified by AoA; or training and education for new caregivers.

Funds may also be used to establish a National Resource Center on Lifespan Respite Care.

Matching funds are required.

Funds may not be used to supplant other Federal, State, or local funds available for respite care services.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State (includes District of Columbia, public institutions of higher education and hospitals): Health/Medical; Income Security/Social Service/Welfare

Beneficiary Eligibility

Anyone/general public; Consumer

Credentials/Documentation

The beneficiaries of the Lifespan Respite Care Program are family caregivers defined as unpaid family members, foster parents, or another unpaid adult who provides in-home monitoring, management, supervision, or treatment of a child or adult with a special need.

Each governor desiring the eligible State agency of his or her State to receive a grant or cooperative agreement under this section shall submit an application on behalf of such agency. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. Grant applications for federal assistance (Nonconstruction Programs) are in accordance with program announcements developed by the Administration on Aging (AoA) and will be simultaneously published on Grants.gov (www.grants.gov) and on the AoA web site at http://www.aoa.gov/AoARoot/Grants/index.aspx when funding is available. As specified in the program announcement, application forms and instructions may be obtained by writing to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Aging, Grants Management Office, Washington, D.C., 20201.

Award Procedures

Notification of Award will be issued to the grantee.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

The Lifespan Respite Care Act of 2006, Public Law 109-716, 42 U.S.C 201.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 60 to 90 days. As specified in each program announcement posted on www.grants.gov and http://www.aoa.gov/AoARoot/Grants/Funding/index.aspx.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

As outlined in the program announcement.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Matching Percent: 25.%. Eligible State agencies must provide a non-Federal cash or in-kind contribution of not less than 25% of the total award. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Grants may be made for a period not to exceed 5 years. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

No program reports are required.

No cash reports are required.

Semi-annual program progress reports are required.

Annual financial reports (SF269) are required.

No performance monitoring is required.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133, (Revised, June 24, 1997), "Audits of State and Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in OMB Circular No. A-133.

Records

Records must be kept available for 3 years after submission of the final expenditure report.

Financial Information

Account Identification

75-0142-0-1-506.

Obigations

(Cooperative Agreements) FY 08 $0; FY 09 est $2,500,000; FY 10 est $2,500,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Lifespan Respite Care Program est. $200,000 - $600,000: avg. $400,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

45 CFR 92; Lifespan Respite Care Act of 2006 (P.L. 109-716); HHS Grants Policy Statement (http://www.aoa.gov/AoARoot/Grants/Terms/index.aspx).

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Regional Administrator, Administration on Aging, Department of Health and Human Services, Regional Offices. (See Appendix IV of the Catalog.).

Headquarters Office

Robert Hornyak Administration on Aging, DHHS, Washington 20201 Email: robert.hornyak@aoa.hhs.gov Phone: (202) 357-0150

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Competitive. Details for evaluating applications are published as part of the program announcement. Major emphases are: (1) documented need; (2) expected outcomes and benefits; (3) innovative approach; (4) level of effort; (5) involvement of community-based organizations in planning and implementation activities; and (6) projects that benefit disadvantaged groups, including low-income, minority and limited English speaking populations.



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