Be a Respite Ambassador –
YOUR CALL might help get millions for respite - literally!
S.C. Respite Awareness Week – the week of love and caring:
February 8 - 14, 2016
Click Here to see Governor's Proclamation
It’s as easy as….. PIE!
write or e-mail your STATE SENATOR and REPRESENTATIVE during
them by telling them your respite story and saying “THANK
them to continue funding RESPITE and approve new respite
After 2 years of awarding generous ONE TIME respite
funds, in 2015 the legislature
approved $1 million
recurring (on-going) respite money in the Lt. Governor’s
Aging (LGOA) budget.
(This is being distributed to families in vouchers by
the 10 Family
Programs and a small amount by SC Respite Coalition.)
In 2014 they
awarded funds to allow 1,400 more families to receive
from SC Dept. of Disabilities and Special
(2) In the
2016-17 budget LGOA is asking for another $1.6 million
NOTE: The Governor removed it from the “Executive” state
budget she sent to the legislature,
which means the senate and house committees will have to
reconcile all versions.
In 2016-17 DDSN
requests $1 million recurring to pay for 8 non-emergency
find your STATE legislators,
your zip code and local, state, and national representatives
will be displayed.
on their name and you can either send an e-mail or get their
You may also
at (803) 935-5027 and we’ll look it up for you.
If you are a family caregiver or a professional
who works with family caregivers
YOUR VOICE is really needed. Legislators can’t
know what is important to you
and how they can help unless you, as a voter,
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