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Virginia Lifespan Respite Voucher Program
A program of Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services, Virginia Division for Aging (DARS)
1610 Forest Avenue, Suite 100
Richmond, VA  23229
Toll Free: (800) 552-5019  
Main Phone: (804) 662-7505  
Contact for services:  Mary Strawderman
Contact Email:
What type of business is this?  State Government

Who Are We?
Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) Lifespan Respite Voucher Program has funding available to provide reimbursement of up to $400 per year per for the primary family caregiver of an individual in need of respite services. Note these three important requirements:
  • the primary family caregiver and the care recipient must reside in the Commonwealth of Virginia;
  • the primary family caregiver must reside in the same physical location as the person receiving / needing respite services; and
  • if the family currently receives respite services, funds cannot be used to replace current funding for respite/daycare or to pay for respite just to allow the caregiver to work.  Funding must be used to provide services that allow the caregiver to take a break from caregiving duties: it must go “above and beyond” what is currently being received. 
Note that with these new Federal grant funds, DARS is required to make a special effort to reach out to unserved / underserved populations, particularly in rural areas and among individuals of Hispanic and Asian ethnicity.  If approved, individuals must pay for the respite services up-front, then apply for reimbursement through DARS.  Application materials can be accessed only by contacting Mary Strawderman, Respite Program Coordinator via phone 804-662-7505 or e-mail

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Who Do We Serve?

Among our staff, we can speak:English Service Area (Cities|Counties):Henry County,Highland County,Lancaster County,Isle of Wight County,Hopewell City,Fauquier County,Floyd County,Fluvanna County,Franklin City,Franklin County,Frederick County,James City County,King And Queen County,King George County,King William County,Fredericksburg City,Galax City,Giles County,Gloucester County,Goochland County,Grayson County,Greene County,Greensville County,Halifax County,Hampton City,Hanover County,Harrisonburg City,Henrico County Other Eligibility Requirements:Home-based caregivers for individuals of any age with a disability or special need (children and adults, including elderly persons).

How Much Does Our Service Cost?

Cost for Services:No Fee

The When and How?
Hours of operation: 
How to Access Services:Application must be completed. Application materials can be accessed only by contacting the Respite Program Coordinator.
Consumer can self refer.
This listing last updated:11/6/2014 Internal ID #: 255023