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Join GAP, LCPD, UDDC, and DLC in Requesting Respite

 

WHY UTAH NEEDS A FAMILY RESPITE PROGRAM FOR THOSE
IMPACTED BY DISABILITY

Four advocacy organizations (Grassroots Advocacy Partnership,  Legislative Coalition for People with Disabilities, Utah Developmental Disabilities Council, and Disability Law Center) have come together to request an appropriation of $350,000 to provide critical support to families on the Division of Services for People with Disabilities (DSPD) waiting list through a Family Respite Program (FRP).

There are 1,878* families waiting for services throughout Utah. The FRP will help some of these families with respite services they need.

⫸ Respite care is relief for those who are caring for family members with disabilities. Respite can prevent the need for more intensive services that the family would not otherwise choose. Respite programs provide planned short-term and time-limited breaks for families and other unpaid caregivers of children and adults with disabilities. Respite helps keep the family unit together. The FRP will allow families to hire caregivers to provide direct care in their home. For example, a caregiver may be hired for a few hours a week, giving the family caregiver an opportunity to focus on other siblings.
⫸ Respite care is the MOST requested DSPD service because it gives families a break from the constant stress of caregiving and helps prevent further crisis. These individuals are already determined Medicaid eligible and qualified for much more costly services.
⫸ The FRP is a Utah designed program and is intended to serve a limited number of families without additional federal oversight. FRP supports the collection and analyses of data on the program’s effectiveness and possibly a limited services-type waiver.
⫸ Funding the FRP at $350,000 will begin to serve families with the most critical needs-families near or in crisis today.
⫸ The value of respite cannot be overstated. It provides the family caregiver with dependable care options while the caregiver engages in self-care and tends to other family responsibilities. Respite also can be a source of prevention for potential abuse and neglect. Uninterrupted and persistent stress among family caregivers has been shown to contribute to negative health outcomes, increased use of medications, and increases in depression.(1) Furthermore, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggest respite care as a means for keeping balance in the family (see www.cdc.gov Caregiving Tips for Families of People With Disabilities).

WHAT WE NEED FROM YOU:

Please join us in asking your legislators to support this appropriations request. Contact your state senator and representative. Tell them you are a member of GAP and that you support the appropriation for a Family Respite Program. Send emails to your family and friends and ask for their support. Share this information with other disability organizations. A printable copy of the fact sheet is available here.

(1)As just two of many research findings about the value of respite, see the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services. virginia.gov; and the Administration for Children and Families at U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

*As of January 22, 2013

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Symphony Event for Children With Special Needs

January 24, 2013
7:00 pm

Greetings,
Utah Symphony | Utah Opera invites you to attend our Access to Music Concert, an event for children with special needs and their families. You are receiving this email because you attended this concert in the past, and we hope you consider joining us this year.
The event will be held on Thursday, January 24th at 7 PM at the Capitol Theatre. The concert will be about an hour and then we will have cookies in the lobby after the concert.
The concert is free, but you must register online to reserve seats.
Register here: http://www.usuoeducation.org/specialneeds
Please share this wonderful opportunity with your communities. There is a flier attached to this email. Feel free to print it, post it, or forward it on to others.
Please let me know if you have any questions,
Tracy Hansford Education Assistant 801.869.9091

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PEOPLE FIRST **SCENTSY** FUNDRAISER

November 26, 2012 8:00 pmtoNovember 30, 2012 8:00 pm


JOIN US FOR A SPECIAL SCENTSY FUNDRAISER WEEK

NOVEMBER 26TH THROUGH NOVEMBER 30TH

ATTEND OUR SCENTSY PARTY

NOVEMBER 28TH FROM 12-4AT THE PEOPLE FIRST OF UTAH OFFICE

OR ORDER THE ENTIRE WEEK ON LINE AT

Our Fundraising website

Scentsy is featuring a Special Olympics warmer and will donate $8 to Special Olympics with each order. People First of Utah receive 20% of all commissions!

Order in time for Christmas and help your favorite charity at the same time!

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Free Screening of Autism Movie in Ogden

November 16, 2012
6:30 pmto8:30 pm

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