Working to insure that all caregivers receive the respite and support they need

March 2017 NYSCRC Newsletter
Welcome to the NYS Caregiving and Respite Coalition Monthly Newsletter.

Upcoming Conferences - Save the Dates

NYSCRC Annual Conference

October 2nd and 3rd - The Desmond Hotel and Conference Center in Albany


National Lifespan Respite Conference October 11-13 in Huntsville, Alabama 

 Save The Date Flier

Call For Presentations - Deadline March 24


"Connecting the Dots: Creating a Path for Individual, Program and Community Success"

March 30-31, 2017 Rochester. Keynote Dr. Roderick Jones, ED. D., MP

click here for conference information


Association on Aging in New York presents the 2017 ACUU Conference - Aging Concerns Unite Us Conference - June 6th and 7th at the Desmond Hotel and Conference Center in Albany. 





In February, we welcomed 18 new REST Trainers in Syracuse
and Long Island


Hosted by The Centers at St. Camillus in Syracuse

Cheryl Hylton & Michelle Viau - The Centers at St. Camillus
Georgia Murphy & Kit Marshfield - Delaware County Legacy Corps
Terri Jennings - Interfaith Works, CNY
Sondra Bufi - One to One
Cathy Hardy - Oneida County OFA
Florence Mandebvu - Loretto Health & Rehabilitation Center
Also pictured: Kassie Lema (student intern)
Trainers: Doris Green, Master Trainer & Sharon Cackett, REST Trainer

Hosted by the Sid Jacobsen Jewish
Community Center
Connie Wasserman & Taylor Herbert -  Sid Jacobsen JCC
Alexandra Jurenko & Holly Hedemark - The Carter Burden Center for Aging
Lindsay Orsi & Deborah Turnan - Leadership Training Institute/Kinship Caregiver Program
MaryAnn Emerick & Lauren Konezny - Long Island Alzheimer's Foundation
Regina Anderson & Angela Andrews - Family and Children's Association
Master Trainers - Doris Green and Eve Moses
These trainings were funded with a federal grant for Lifespan Respite awarded by the Administration on Aging/Administration for Community Living to the New York State Office of Aging




     We now have 54 

  REST Trainers across   

          the state!



 REST Training Schedule 


Legislative Corner
In February, two hearings were held in NYC and Albany for the purpose of examining the growing need for home care and personal care, and to examine the obstacles to recruiting, employing and retaining and adequate home care workforce
Home care allows an individual to receive important health care and personal services which allow them to continue to live independently in the community. There is a growing need for home care services for the elderly, people with disabilities, and chronically ill. However, advocates have expressed concerns that there is a shortage of home care workers and that communities across New York State have waitlists for these services. This means many patients receive fewer hours of care per week than needed, go without services, or move to institutional care.

Thank you to the following legislators for making these hearings possible.

Richard N. Gottfried
Member of Assembly

Committee on Health
Donna A. Lupardo
Member of Assembly

Committee on Aging
Michelle R. Titus
Member of Assembly

Committee on Labor
Didi Barrett
Member of Assembly
Task Force on People with Disabilities
Appropriations Alert  Seeking support from House and Senate for $5 million for Lifespan Respite in FY 2017

National Lifespan Respite Grantees Making a Difference :
This small amount of funding is allowing grantees to build coordinated systems of respitefor all family caregivers and to expand respite to family caregivers who often fall through the cracks.
Grantees are delivering services and helping families pay for respite, especially for those caring for someone between the ages of 18-60, including adults with MS, ALS or I/DD
Funding Opportunities

This new program will fund non-profits across the United States that provide episodic respite care services to families living with paralysis.
Mark your calendar to review the submission guidelines and apply at on March 6, 2017.

BROOKDALE RELATIVES AS PARENTS PROGRAM (RAPP)-Seed Grants Available for the Creation or Expansion of Supportive Services to Grandparents and Other Relatives Raising Children

The Brookdale Foundation Group has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the creation or expansion of supportive services to grandparents and other relatives raising children. Up to 15 programs will be selected to receive a seed grant of $15,000 ($10,000 and $5,000 respectively), contingent upon progress made during year one and potential for continuity in the future. On-going technical assistance will also be provided. Any 501 (c)(3) or equivalent not-for-profit organizations can apply. The RFP proposal and guidelines can be downloaded by visiting the website

BROOKDALE FOUNDATION GROUP RESPITE RFP -2017 Request for Proposals for Agencies Interested in 1) Establishing a Group Respite or 2)Early Memory Loss Program for Elders with Dementia

What is NY Connects?
NY Connects is a trusted place that gives you information about available options whether you are paying for services yourself, through insurance, or are eligible for a government program.

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