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  • Held conference “Caring for the Congregation” to bring together faith communities around the topics of caregiving and respite
  • Hired a fourth part-time staff member to assist with the Family Respite Voucher Program and other CRC operations
  • Conducted a pilot caregiver outreach campaign in Boulder and Mesa counties to help caregivers find resources and supports
  • Collaborated with JFK Partners to hold a 4-part educational series “Challenging Behaviors in Respite Care: Understanding behaviors across ages and strategies to decrease challenging behaviors”
  • Partnered with CVS on a statewide level to disseminate information on caregiving, the CRC, and Easterseals Colorado
  • Re-designed website layout and launched an improved Resource Database
  • Created guide for family caregivers and professionals “Navigating Respite Care in Colorado: Funding Streams, Compensation for Family Caregivers, Becoming a Respite Provider & Finding Resources”
  • Expand regional respite coalitions, starting new coalitions in Durango and La Junta 
  • Hosted a REST (Respite Education and Support Tools) train-the-trainer 2-day event


  • Awarded third consecutive Federal Lifespan Respite Care Grant
  • CRC awarded implementation of four Respite Care Task Force Recommendations by the State of Colorado
  • Hired a third full time staff member to coordinate implemented Task Force recommendations
  • Awarded grant from the Rose Community Foundation to develop a toolkit to help navigate respite systems
  • Began offering free evidence-based Stress-Busting Programs for Family Caregivers and one day course for Professionals
  • Completed website updates, including full mobile responsiveness, added pages in Spanish, and a new “keyword” search function on the Respite Locator
  • Developed and strengthened regional coalitions in the Western Slope, Summit County and Southwest Colorado
  • Expanded the Family Respite Voucher program by awarding 150 Respite Vouchers to family caregivers and contracting with 31 Approved Providers


  • 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 attended National Lifespan Respite Conference, aligning with the theme "Elevate Respite"
  • Hired a second full time program staff member to manage and expanded the Family Respite Voucher Program
  • Distributed Community Grants to Colorado respite providers to increase the quality of and access to respite services


  • 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


  • 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 fifteen agencies to provide quality respite services
  • Relaunched CRC website, which includes Respite Locator that lists over 400 respite providers in Colorado


  • Meghan Baskett Kluth 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
  • Hosted three regional respite summits in Denver, Grand Junction and Colorado Springs, which lead to formation of three regional coalitions


  • CRC and CCC partnered with ESC to advocate for HB-1226 that allows a surcharge to fund 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
  • Launched a mini-grant program and awarded grants to four respite care organizations across the state to help increase services to family caregivers


  • 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 EasterSeals 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • The Emergency Respite Project was renamed the Colorado Respite Coalition (CRC)
  • 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 Lifespan Respite Network
  • Co-facilitators attended National Respite Conference in Iowa


  • Janis DeBaca and Valerie Saiz, both parents of children with special health care needs, co-founded the Emergency Respite Project
  • The primary goal was to establish a center based respite care program for children with special needs
  • Grassroots organization that advocated for the need for respite and caregiver support for those caring for children


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

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