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The ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center assists and promotes the development of quality respite and crisis care programs; helps families locate respite and crisis care services in their communities; and serves as a strong voice for respite in all forums.

Alabama Lifespan Respite Resource Network® (Alabama Respite) is a program of United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) of Huntsville and Tennessee Valley.

Respite Education & Support Tools (REST) is a nationally-recognized train-the-trainer program that equips volunteers with the skills needed to support caregivers in their community through respite.


To our 2019 Respite Day Funding award recipients, New Friends LLC Adult Daycare, Independent Living, and Respite Care in Gadsden and the Labor of Love Association in Coffeeville! Both organizations will use awarded funds and technical assistance from Alabama Respite to expand respite services in their communities for caregivers and their care recipients of all ages and abilities. Alabama Respite is honored and excited to partner with these organizations to benefit Alabama caregivers!


The National Alliance for Caregiving is pleased to present Circle of Care: A Guidebook for Mental Health Caregivers. Circle of Care is designed to guide unpaid friends, family, and neighbors who care for someone with a mental health condition. The fact sheets are intended to assist these caregivers with finding help for the specific challenges that they face.

National Alliance for Caregiving • www.caregiving.org • info@caregiving.org • (301) 718-8444

To view the Guidebook, click here to download the Circle of Care as a PDF document or visit Circle of Care | National Alliance for Caregiving.



Are you a caregiver?

Are you a caregiver? Are you providing unpaid care at home to a spouse, child, relative, or friend of any age who has a disability or chronic illness, or needs help with basic activities of daily living?

What is respite?

What is respite? Respite is temporary relief for family caregivers who are caring for individuals of any age who have disabilities, chronic, or terminal illness. Respite is the only service solely for the caregiver and is the most requested service by caregivers. Alabama Respite can assist some caregivers with receiving respite if they qualify for our voucher program.

What does Alabama Respite do?

What does Alabama Respite do? Alabama Respite tries to answer the “who, what, when, where, why, and how” questions about respite. We can refer you to an appropriate source for respite. We can help you start a respite program in your church. In some cases we can help you pay for respite through our voucher program. We are making respite resources readily available and easily accessible for all caregivers in Alabama, click here to find out more!

What are vouchers?

What are vouchers? Vouchers are simply a paper form that documents when and how long respite took place and who provided the respite.

How do I get a voucher?

How do I get a voucher? Once someone is qualified for the respite program, the caregiver will receive a voucher telling them the amount of funds they will receive for the quarter.When respite service is completed, the provider signs the voucher to indicate the date and time respite was received. The caregiver sends the signed voucher back to Alabama Respite, who writes a check to pay for the service.

What is HEARTS?

What is HEARTS? HEARTS has funding through the Children’s Trust Fund to provide vouchers for respite care for families of children up to age 19 with disabilities or developmental delays. For more information, contact Stephanie Wright, HEARTS Program Coordinator at 256-852-5600.

Does DMH have vouchers?

Does DMH have vouchers? Alabama Respite has funding through the Alabama Department of Mental Health (DMH) for caregivers of children and adults with intellectual disabilities. The care recipient must have an IQ level below 70 to qualify. For more information, contact Alabama Respite at 256-859-4900.

How do I find respite in Alabama?

How do I find respite services in Alabama? Search our resource database to find service providers near you! Call us at (256) 859-4900 or send an email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We'll be glad to help!

Can I start a respite program?

Can I start a respite program? Absolutely! We offer assistance in starting up a respite program. Click here to get started!

I'd like to make a donation. How do I do that?

I'd like to make a donation. How do I do that? All donations, big or small, are greatly appreciated and make a significant difference in the lives of families throughout Alabama...and they are tax-deductible! Click here to DONATE TODAY!

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Alabama Lifespan Respite Resource Network® (Alabama Respite) is a program of United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) of Huntsville and Tennessee Valley.

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