Basic Characteristics of Peer Respites

During the summer and fall of 2014, Laysha Ostrow and colleagues contacted 19 current and planned respite programs to participate in a survey, and representatives from 17 programs responded. We asked program representatives about some of the basic characteristics of their peer respites—including funding, staffing, and policies regarding guests. The purpose of this report is to share information on current characteristics of existing peer respites to inform program development in other states and localities, and provide information for other interested stakeholders.

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