Voucher Program

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The program provides funding for respite vouchers to families across the state of Washington, serving all ages and health care needs.  The program supports families who are not eligible for or receiving respite through other systems of care.

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How to Apply for a Voucher

Applications must be completed and returned via email, scan or US postal mail.  The entire application must be complete.  One application must be completed for each individual for which respite is being requested.  One award will be granted per household per year.

Completion of the application does not assume funding will be provided.  Vouchers are typically provided on a first come first served basis.

Voucher Information

The usual amount of a voucher is $1,000 per household.  Priority will be given to families who have not previously received a voucher.  Vouchers must be used within four months of final authorization from LRW staff, or by the end of the fiscal contract period, whichever comes first. This will be noted on the authorization form that is used to finalize when services are able to begin.

After receiving approval from LRW caregivers may use a pre-approved respite provider (RPA). If the desired provider is not registered, the caregiver must contact LRW to see if they meet qualifications and are can register as a respite provider.   No individual/independent providers may be used for respite services.

Eligibility for LRW Vouchers

In order to qualify for this program, the eligible caregiver must:

  • Be an unpaid caregiver;
  • Provide 40 or more hours per week of care/support to an individual of any age that has a special need or condition;
  • Live in Washington State;
  • Not enrolled in a Medicaid or other program that provides respite service, unless on a wait list and not scheduled to receive services within 30 days of application; and
  • Unable afford to pay privately for respite on his/her own

LRW Application Forms

If you know of someone who speaks a language besides English, please have them leave their phone number along with the name of the language they speak. We will do our best to accommodate them through the use of the Language Line.

Funding for LRW Voucher Program

We are grateful to the U.S. Administration on Aging, Administration for Community Living, “FY2017 Lifespan Respite Care Program: Advancing State Lifespan Respite Systems,” for providing funding in its award to the Washington State, Department of Social & Health Services (DSHS), Aging & Long-Term Support Administration, contracted to PAVE for Lifespan Respite Washington, September, 2018 to August, 2020.

We would like to offer more respite vouchers and you can help us!  PAVE accepts and deeply appreciates contributions at any level to assist more unpaid family caregivers receive the vital respite needed. If you know of businesses or you would like to make a contribution, to donate please follow this link.

Special thanks to the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery

Amy Knapton and her amazing team at the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery in Spokane continues to generously offer matching funds toward the Lifespan Respite Voucher Program!  The crisis nursery has existed for 23 years to offer a safe place for young children when parents are having difficulty providing safe shelter and care for their children.  These families may be dealing with issues as complex as substance abuse, domestic violence, and homelessness. Or, they may just be exhausted and worn-out from the demands of parenting.  The crisis nursery’s primary services are:

  • 24-hour child care for infants and children under the age of seven
  • Parent education
  • Crisis counseling for parents
  • Referrals to other community agencies

Thank you, Amy, on behalf of all of us at Lifespan Respite Washington and our project’s respite provider agencies for your support.  We appreciate your spirit in sharing what you have for the greater good of families in Washington State.