42 U.S. Code § 300ii–1 - Lifespan respite care grants and cooperative agreements
The purposes of this section are—
Subject to subsection (e), the Secretary is authorized to award grants or cooperative agreements for the purposes described in subsection (a) to eligible State agencies for which an application is submitted pursuant to subsection (d).
(c) Federal lifespan approach
In carrying out this section, the Secretary shall work in cooperation with the National Family Caregiver Support Program of the Administration on Aging and other respite care programs within the Department of Health and Human Services to ensure coordination of respite care services for family caregivers of children and adults with special needs.
Each Governor desiring the eligible State agency of his or her State to receive a grant or cooperative agreement under this section shall submit an application on behalf of such agency to the Secretary at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Secretary shall require.
Each application submitted under this section shall include—
(A) a description of the eligible State agency’s—
(ii) understanding of respite care and family caregiver issues across all age groups, disabilities, and chronic conditions; and
(B) with respect to the population of family caregivers to whom respite care information or services will be provided or for whom respite care workers and volunteers will be recruited and trained, a description of—
(iii) existing respite care services for that population, including numbers of family caregivers being served and extent of unmet need;
(iv) existing methods or systems to coordinate respite care information and services to the population at the State and local level and extent of unmet need;
(v) how respite care information dissemination and coordination, respite care services, respite care worker and volunteer recruitment and training programs, or training programs for family caregivers that assist such family caregivers in making informed decisions about respite care services will be provided using grant or cooperative agreement funds;
(vi) a plan for administration, collaboration, and coordination of the proposed respite care activities with other related services or programs offered by public or private, nonprofit entities, including area agencies on aging;
(vii) how the population, including family caregivers, care recipients, and relevant public or private agencies, will participate in the planning and implementation of the proposed respite care activities;
(viii) how the proposed respite care activities will make use, to the maximum extent feasible, of other Federal, State, and local funds, programs, contributions, other forms of reimbursements, personnel, and facilities;
(ix) respite care services available to family caregivers in the eligible State agency’s State or locality, including unmet needs and how the eligible State agency’s plan for use of funds will improve the coordination and distribution of respite care services for family caregivers of children and adults with special needs;
(xi) how the quality and safety of any respite care services provided will be monitored, including methods to ensure that respite care workers and volunteers are appropriately screened and possess the necessary skills to care for the needs of the care recipient in the absence of the family caregiver; and
(C) assurances that, where appropriate, the eligible State agency will have a system for maintaining the confidentiality of care recipient and family caregiver records; and
(e) Priority; considerations
When awarding grants or cooperative agreements under this section, the Secretary shall—
(1) give priority to eligible State agencies that the Secretary determines show the greatest likelihood of implementing or enhancing lifespan respite care statewide; and
(f) Use of grant or cooperative agreement funds
(1) In general
(A) Required uses of funds
Each eligible State agency awarded a grant or cooperative agreement under this section shall use all or part of the funds—
(B) Optional uses of funds
Each eligible State agency awarded a grant or cooperative agreement under this section may use part of the funds for—
(i) training programs for family caregivers to assist such family caregivers in making informed decisions about respite care services;
Each eligible State agency awarded a grant or cooperative agreement under this section may carry out the activities described in paragraph (1) directly or by grant to, or contract with, public or private entities.
(3) Matching funds
(A) In general
With respect to the costs of the activities to be carried out under paragraph (1), a condition for the receipt of a grant or cooperative agreement under this section is that the eligible State agency agrees to make available (directly or through donations from public or private entities) non-Federal contributions toward such costs in an amount that is not less than 25 percent of such costs.
(B) Determination of amount contributed
Non-Federal contributions required by subparagraph (A) may be in cash or in kind, fairly evaluated, including plant, equipment, or services. Amounts provided by the Federal Government, or services assisted or subsidized to any significant extent by the Federal Government, may not be included in determining the amount of such non-Federal contributions.
(g) Term of grants or cooperative agreements
(1) In general
The Secretary shall award grants or cooperative agreements under this section for terms that do not exceed 5 years.