The Respite Care Task Force was created to research and pose recommendations designed to address systematic barriers to respite care access and availability in Colorado. The Task Force proposed seven recommendations to the Colorado Department of Human Services, four of which were funded with a state grant. Easterseals Colorado, the home agency for the Colorado Respite Coalition, applied for and won the contract to implement these four recommendations. The Respite Care Task Force project was active from February 2017-June 2020.
House Bill 15-1233: created the Respite Care Task Force within the Colorado Department of Human Services to study, through data collection, the dynamics of supply and demand with regard to respite care services in Colorado, including:
Access to respite care services.
The types of services that are most in demand and the services that are currently available:
Other respite care issues are determined appropriate by the Task Force.
The Task Force met over a six-month period and was comprised of fourteen appointees representing various stakeholder groups, including respite care recipients, home health care agencies, respite care agencies, hospice agencies, and specific special health care need support and advocacy groups.
Based on their research and discussion, the Respite Care Task Force proposed six recommendations to the legislature. Four of these recommendations were approved and assigned funding, to be overseen by the Colorado Department of Human Services. These recommendations guided the activities of the Respite Care Task Force project, including: