Arkansas Lifespan Respite

Arkansas Lifespan Respite

Respite (RESS’-pit): Respite is planned or emergency services that provide a caregiver of a child or adult with a special need some time away from caregiver responsibilities for that child or adult, and which result in some measurable improvement in the well-being of the caregiver, care receiver, and/or family system.

Click here to see Governor Asa Hutchinson’s Proclamation

The Arkansas Lifespan Respite Coalition’s goal is to improve awareness and access of respite information to family caregivers across all age and disability spectrums. This coalition partners with the Department of Human Services-Arkansas Take the Time Lifespan Respite program. To learn more about the program, download the Arkansas Lifespan Respite Brochure. For more information for caregivers seeking respite, download the Arkansas Lifespan Respite Educational Booklet. To find additional web resources, visit the Caregiver Resources page.

List of Available Services by County (Click Here)

Last Updated 05/22/2019

Because caregiving can be a lot of work, we wanted to make your job a little easier. We put together a list of organizations and state agencies in Arkansas that either provide respite care or provide a funding source for respite. The resources are searchable by county.
If you are a respite provider and would like to add your name to this locator list, please complete the Available Respite Programs and Services Form and email to

Caregiver Training Information

DHS has partnered with the UAMS-Schmieding Home Caregiver Training Program to provide FREE respite training for volunteer respite providers, family caregivers, and community and faith-based groups (7.0 hours CEU may be given to Nursing Home Administrators and/or Licensed Nurses). DOWNLOAD VOLUNTEER RESPITE TRAINING FLIER

To register for one of the training opportunities listed below, please contact the person below identified for your area: (Dates/Location subject to change)

Fort Smith, AR- March 5, 2020 (Contact:
El Dorado, AR- April 22, 2020 (Contact:
Jonesboro, AR- April 14, 2020 (Contact:
Little Rock, AR- April 27&28, 2020 (Contact:
Bryant, AR- March 12, 2020 (Contact:
Springdale, AR- June 19, 2020 (Contact:
Texarkana, AR- March 31, 2020 (Contact:

Arkansas Lifespan Respite Voucher Program

See below for a list of approved Grantees funded through the Arkansas Lifespan Respite Grant to provide respite services for Arkansans. The purpose of this funding is to support and encourage the provision of services to additional family caregivers at no cost to the families involved through respite mini-grants. The ultimate goal is to generate actual respite for family caregivers and others providing informal care for someone of any age with a special need.
((Mini-grant funding made available through the Lifespan Respite Program Grant initiative awarded to Arkansas Department of Human Serviecs- Divison of Provider Services and Quality Assurance by the Administration for Community Living (ACL), Grant #90LRLI0019))

GRANTEES (Listed in alphabetical order):

Area Agency on Aging of Western Arkansas, Inc.– Area Agency on Aging Respite Care
Contact: Shannon Montez, Grants and Housing Supervisor
Address: 524 Garrison Ave, Fort Smith AR 72901
Phone: 479-783-4500
Serving: Statewide (particularly Sebastian, Crawford, Franklin, Scott, Polk, and Logan counties)

Alzheimer’s Arkansas- Lifespan Caregiver Respite Grants
Contact: Amanda Shaw, Grants Director
Address: 201 Markham Center Dr, Little Rock AR 72205
Phone: 501-224-0021
Serving: Statewide

The Frank and Barbara Broyles Foundation
Contact: Mallory Magie, Director of Operations
Address:3810 N. Front Street, Suite 3, Fayetteville AR 72703
Phone: (479) 313-5079
Serving: Statewide

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)- Arkansas
Contact: Buster Lackey, NAMI Arkansas Executive Director
Address: 1012 Autumn Rd Ste 1, Little Rock AR 72211
Phone: (501) 661-1548; Toll-Free 800-844-0381
Serving: Statewide

*For opportunities on becoming a grantee- a Request for Application was released on 1/31/2020. To apply, please see information on the Doing Business with DHS page.

National Resources:

ARCH National Respite Network
ALS Association- Respite Care
Alzheimer’s Association
American Psychological Association
Caregiver Action Network
Lifespan Respite Care Program
National Alliance for Caregiving
National Family Caregiver Support Program
Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving
VA Caregiver Support

DPSQA Address

700 Main Street Slot S-427
Little Rock, AR  72203-1437 

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