Voucher Program

Image of senior woman with caregiver in the street.

Eligibility for 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.

Voucher Information

The usual amount of a voucher is $1,000 per household. Revenue is limited. Priority will be given to families who have not previously received a voucher and those providing care to people who may have a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), have a child that is eligible but not receiving services from the Developmental Disabilities Administration*(DDA), or people that are Native American/Native Alaskan American. Consideration will also be given to statewide distribution of vouchers across Washington. (*Also known as being on the No Paid Services (NPS) Caseload.)

Other considerations include:

  • Vouchers must be used within four months.
  • One award will be granted per household per year.
  • Select and use a pre-approved Respite Provider Agency (RPA).
  • See our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

If a desired respite provider is not pre-approved, please contact us at getrespite@wapave.org and we will contact that agency to explore if they meet the qualifications and are willing to become a Respite Provider Agency. No individuals/independent providers may be used for respite services.

How to Apply for a Voucher

Access our online application via any wireless connection (e.g. via your internet, a friend’s phone, your local library, via a professional office such as a local Tribal Authority Office, etc.), complete, and submit.  Additional individuals that you assist can be entered in the one application.  It’s that easy.

You can contact us with any questions and/or to assist you in applying at getrespite@wapave.org or by calling 1-800-5-PARENT and selecting ext. 105.

Completing and submitting an application does not guarantee you will receive a voucher. We do our best to extend the limited resources and there are generally more requests than the current sources of funding. Vouchers are provided according to priority needs as outlined by funders including distribution across Washington State. Know of a potential funder? Email us at getrespite@wapave.org.

Funding for LRW Voucher Program

We are grateful to the U.S. Administration on Aging, Administration for Community Living, 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.