• Genean Craig from Colorado Access started a group called the ‘Colorado Lifespan Respite Coalition’. She facilitated meetings, organized the Coalition, and encouraged community members to participate.
  • The group dissolved due to lack of participation.


  • Janis DeBaca and Valerie Saiz, both parents of children with special health care needs, co-founded the Emergency Respite Project.
  • The primary goal of the project was to establish a center based respite care program for children with special needs.


  • The Emergency Respite Project was renamed to the Colorado Respite Coalition 
  • Launched respite care needs assessment survey. Over 280 families participated in the survey process of which 86% indicated that their respite care needs were unmet. Scott Bates from Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CSHCN) compiled the survey results and presented key findings
  • Joined the ARCH National Respite Network
  • Co-facilitators attended National Respite Conference in Iowa


  • Developed mission and vision statement
  • Launched a blog to inform community members about CRC’s efforts and share updates
  • Participated in statewide efforts to improve respite options for CSHCN
  • Collaborated with CDPHE to produce educational material ‘Fast Facts’ for the state’s website
  • Co-facilitators attended National Respite Conference in Los Angeles, California


  • Held quarterly meetings
  • Assisted in developing HB 1103 - Relief Fund for Children with a Catastrophic Medical Condition, with Family Voices Colorado. The bill did not pass
  • Launched a legislative letter campaign to garner support for HB 1103
  • Received grant from CDPHE through Family Voices Colorado. Funds were used to develop website & send co-facilitators to the National Respite Care Conference
  • Created a logic model for CRC with help from CDPHE
  • Changed coalition focus from ‘children-only’ to lifespan (birth to death)
  • Co-facilitators attended National Respite Conference in Baltimore, Maryland


  • Partnered with Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS), State Unit on Aging (AoA), Colorado Department of Healthcare Policy and Financing (HCPF), the Chronic Care Collaborative (CCC) and Easter Seals Colorado (ESC) to apply for the National Lifespan Respite Grant
  • Awarded Lifespan Respite Care Grant, which is housed at Easter Seals Colorado
  • Ayesha Sharma named Program Manager of the Colorado Respite Care Program
  • Launched CRC website that includes a respite directory
  • Conducted respite care provider survey
  • Co-facilitators and Project Manager attended National Respite Conference in Phoenix, Arizona


  • CRC and CCC partnered with ESC to advocate for HB 1226 that allows a surcharge to be placed into a fund to be used for programs that provide respite services for caregivers
  • HB 1226 became law
  • Janis De Baca & Ayesha Sharma attended the International Respite Care Conference in Toronto, Canada
  • Colorado Respite Care Program advisory committee launched a mini-grant program and awarded grants to four respite care organizations across the state to help them increase services to family caregivers


  • Meghan Baskett named Program Manager of Colorado Respite Care Program
  • Conducted a mini-grant program that supported five agencies and over thirty families seeking respite
  • Trained nearly 900 individuals in multiple formats on how to provide care for people with special needs
  • Program hosted three regional respite summits in Denver, Grand Junction and Colorado Springs, which lead to formation of Southern Colorado Respite Coalition, Northern Colorado Respite Coalition and Western Slope Respite Coalition


  • Colorado awarded second three-year federal lifespan respite grant through Administration for Community Living/Administration on Aging (through August 2017)
  • Created brochures and other flyers translated in Spanish and English to increase awareness and education  (available by request)
  • Distributed grants to 15 agencies to provide quality respite services
  • Relaunched CRC website, which includes Respite Locator that lists over 400 respite providers in Colorado


  • Colorado selected to host 2016 ARCH National Lifespan Respite Conference
  • Formed the Colorado Respite Care Task Force which presented recommendations to the State with support for HB16-1398
  • Established Denver Metro Regional Coalition and Summit Regional Coalition
  • Developed Family Voucher Program to support families seeking respite services throughout the state
  • Awarded the 2015 Colorado Collaboration Award for outstanding non-profit collaboration


  • Statewide strategic planning retreat conducted with representatives from each regional coalition at Easter Seals Rocky Mountain Village
  • Hosted the 2016 National Lifespan Respite Conference with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society – Colorado-Wyoming Chapter, in collaboration with the ARCH National Respite Network, Easter Seals Colorado, and the Colorado Department of Human Services, in Denver, Colorado September 20-22, 2016. Over 200 family caregivers, advocates and professionals were in attendance, engaging in 35 concurrent breakout sessions focused on respite and family caregivers, aligning with the theme "Elevate Respite."
  • Expanded Family Respite Voucher Program
  • Distributed Community Grants to Colorado respite providers to increase the quality of and access to respite services

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393 S Harlan St, Ste 108
Lakewood, CO 80226

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