NYSCRC Welcomes a new staff member!

Sharon Cackett

 Outreach and Education Specialist 
for the Finger Lakes Region

Sharon comes to us with a wealth of aging services, caregiver support and volunteer coordination experience. 
Sharon will be representing the Coalition in Allegany, Cayuga, Chemung, Cortland, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins, Wayne, Wyoming and Yates. 

Please welcome Sharon as she will be reaching out to faith communities, Offices of Aging and caregiver related agencies across the age and disability spectrum. 

Sharon can be contacted by email
or phone at 585-329-9814

If you are having a caregiver event - please remember to include us on your invitation list!


Train the Trainer Opportunity
January 26th and 27th

Hosted by:
The Autism Society of the Greater Capital Region
101 State Street
Schenectady, NY 12305

This training is open to organizations for all respite program providers across the age and disability spectrum

$595 per trainer
contact Doris Green


Funding Opportunities

The role of the caregiver can be demanding and overwhelming. Here, we support and honor those who care for other - whether paid or voluntarily - through efforts that provide needed skills, resources, education and respite. Early opportunities will for focus primarily on those caring for older adults. This grant focuses on Western new York, defines as Allegany, Chautauqua, Cattauraugus, Erie, Genesee, Monroe Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming.

National Institute in Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitative Research (NIDILRR)                
      Field Initiated Projects Program - (Research)
In carrying out research under this grant, a grantee must identify one or more hypotheses or research questions and perform an intensive, systematic study toward producing new scientific knowledge or better understanding of the subj ect.                                                                                              
      In carrying out a development activity under this grant, a                    grantee must use  knowledge and understanding gained from              research to create materials, devices, systems, methods,                      measures, techniques, tools, prototypes, processes, or                          intervention protocols, that are beneficial to individuals                        with  disabilities.
     The deadline for both NIDILRR grants is February 8, 2017

Legislative Advocacy 

We need your help to pass the Lifespan Respite Reauthorization Bill (HR 3913) in the Lame-duck Session.

The Lifespan Respite Program's authorizing legislation expired in 2011, but Congress has continued to fund the program each year since then, and even increased appropriations last year. The Lifespan Respite Program is not unique. Many other funded federal programs remain unauthorized. However, under the new Administration, there will be broad support in the new Congress, which convenes in January, for significant budget cuts. And while much is still unknown, one proposal that may be under consideration, is to reduce funds for unauthorized programs. 

For more information:

ARCH Legislative Alert

New York State Caregiver and Respite Coalition
Managed by Lifespan
Doris Green - NYSCRC - Director
585-287-6393   Email  

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