Home and Community Services
Lifespan Respite Subsidy Program


What is the Lifespan Respite Subsidy Program?
This program pays for respite services to give the primary caregiver a temporary break.  Respite means the provision of short-term relief to primary caregivers from the demands of ongoing care for an individual with special needs. The program serves people of all ages. Ongoing care means continuous, full-time supervision/care for a person with special needs.  It is NOT for people who are receiving respite services from another government program.  Respite may be provided in the care recipient's home or other caregiver-approved location.

Who needs this program?

Unpaid caregivers who need a temporary break from providing ongoing care to persons of any age, with special needs. Examples of special needs are developmental disabilities; physical disabilities; chronic illness; physical,mental or emotional conditions that require supervision; special health care needs; cognitive impairments such as Alzheimer's disease or dementia; or persons at risk of abuse & neglect.  Eligibility is based on income guidelines. HOWEVER, if you have expenses directly related to the disability, these can usually be subtracted from the counted income. The person applying must have a caregiver. The program will provide up to $125 per client each month.

See pdficon.gif (914 bytes)Income Guidelines.

Call or email a Respite Network Coordinator in your area or call 1-866-RESPITE
1-866-737-7483) for help with respite resources or to apply for this service.

  • What if I (caregiver) need help finding a Network-approved respite provider so I can have a break?
  • How do I get a care recipient qualified for the Lifespan Respite Subsidy Program?
  • How do I become a Respite provider?
  • When/where is caregiver and/or provider training offered?

To speak with DHHS Program staff call (402) 471-1764  (Sharon Johnson, Program Coordinator)

Submit a Lifespan Respite Subsidy application (and supportive documentation, if needed) electronically to dhhs.respite@nebraska.gov or mail to: DHHS, Division of Children and Family Services, Attn: Lifespan Respite Program, P.O. Box 95026, Lincoln, NE  68509-5044

FY 2015 Lifespan Respite Subsidy Annual Report

Required and Rcommended Service Standards




How can I find someone who provides respite service?

How can I become a respite provider?

Contact the Nebraska Lifespan Respite Network by contacting a Nebraska Lifespan Respite Network Coordinators in your area or call 1-866-RESPITE (737-7483)

Where can I read the DHHS regulations about the Lifespan Respite Subsidy Program?

Title 464, Respite Subsidy Program

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