The purpose of the Lifespan Emergency Respite program is to offer funding and resources to support caregivers of children or adults with special needs or a chronic/terminal illness who have an urgent need for respite care in the absence of any other funding source. The Alabama Lifespan Emergency Respite program supports the caregiver’s decision to request emergency respite care and determine where the care will be delivered and by whom.

For a detailed overview of the Emergency Respite Care Program and how to apply, click on the following links:

 

 

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

How the program works:

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.  Caregivers may use their funds all at once or in increments over the approved quarter. Caregivers may choose anyone they wish to provide respite and may require training such as CPR or basic first-aid if they so choose but the level of training is at the discretion of the caregiver. The provider must be over age 18 and not living in the home with the care recipient. 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 will write a check to pay for the service, up to $10 per hour. The caregiver may choose to pay the provider out of pocket and submit the signed voucher to reimburse themselves. Alternatively, the respite provider may agree to wait until the voucher has been submitted to Alabama Respite and a check has been sent before receiving payment for providing respite.

 There are two types of vouchers for which you can apply here:

  • HEARTS:  HEARTS has funding through 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 please contact your local HEARTS Program Coordinator, listed below.
  • DMH: Alabama Respite has funding through the Alabama Department of Mental Health for caregivers of children and adults who were born 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.

To apply for a DMH voucher, please print the forms below:

Enrollment Procedures - Document outlining the procedures involved in submitting an application for Alabama Respite's Voucher program.
 
DMH Enrollment Forms
 
DMH Respite Voucher Instructions - Instructions on how to fill out a voucher.

HEARTS Voucher Respite Programs The United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) HEARTS Program, funded by a grant from the Department of Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention (The Children’s Trust Fund), offers respite reimbursement funding for caregivers of children who have disabilities birth - 19 years old. Contact the UCP affiliate in your area:

UCP of Mobile/Montgomery
Matrisza Alvarez
3058 Dauphin Square Connector
Mobile, AL 36607
Phone: (251) 479-4900
Fax: (251) 479-4998
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UCP of Huntsville & Tennessee Valley
Stephanie Wright
2075 Max Luther Drive
Huntsville, AL 36201
Phone: (256) 852-5600 ext. 301
Fax: (256) 852-6722
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East Central Alabama UCP
Wanda Currie
301 E.A. Darden Drive, Box 694
Anniston, AL 36202
Phone: (256) 237-8203
Fax: (256) 235-2388
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UCP of Greater Birmingham
Susan Conwell 

100 Oslo Circle

Birmingham, AL 35216

Phone: (205) 823-9226 

Fax: (205) 979-6134
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UCP of Northwest Alabama/Shoals
Gena Williams
407 N. Hook Street
Tuscumbia, AL 35674
Phone: (256) 381-4310
Fax: (205) 944-3933
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UCP of West Alabama 
Paula Peacock
1100 UCP Parkway
Northport, AL 35476
Phone: (205) 345-3031 , (205) 292-8910
Fax: (205) 345-3035
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If you find that one of these programs has contact or other information changes, please let us know. Contact Alabama Respite at (256) 859-4900 or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

According to the ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center:

"Medicaid waivers provide the largest federal source of funding assistance for respite. Each State develops their own waiver eligibility criteria and conditions for specific populations. Waivers are subject to federal approval. To see if your state has a Medicaid waiver that you or your family member may qualify for, click here.

Keep in mind that many states maintain waiting lists for Medicaid Waiver services. It is not an automatic entitlement, as is the regular Medicaid State Plan program, although some states may be converting their Medicaid waivers to state plan benefits."

For Home and Community-Based Medicaid Waivers for Respite Support and State-by-State Summaries of Medicaid Waiver Information, click here.

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