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Capitol Correspondence - 05.25.17

Lifespan Respite Reauthorization Bills Introduced

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On May 18, Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Representatives Jim Langevin (D-RI) and Gregg Harper (R-MS) introduced the Lifespan Respite Reauthorization Act (S. 1188/H.R. 2535) in their respective chambers. The Lifespan Respite Care Program provides funding for states in the form of grants to build coordinated state lifespan respite systems, help family caregivers pay for respite, encourage the development of new and innovative community and faith based respite opportunities, and train respite workers and volunteers. The legislation would reauthorize the program through 2022, with $15 million allocated per year.