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What is Lifespan Respite Subsidy?

This program pays for respite services to give the primary family caregiver a temporary break. Respite means the provision of short-term relief to primary family caregivers from the demands of ongoing care for an individual with special needs. Ongoing care means continuous, full-time supervision/care for a person with special needs. DHHS Manual reference 464 NAC 1-007 and 1-008. It is NOT for people who are receiving respite services from another government program.

Who Needs This Program?

Unpaid family 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 family caregiver living in the same home. The program will provide up to $125 per eligible client per month.

What if I Have Questions or Need Help with the Application?

Call a Respite Network Coordinator in your area at 1-866-RESPITE (1-866-737-7483), or find a local Lifespan Respite contact.

What are the Program Eligibility Income Limits?

DHHS program regulation 464-NAC 2-004.03 Financial Eligibility:

2-004.03A Family Size: Family size is determined by the number of adults and/or children related by blood, marriage or adoption who reside in the same household. An unborn child may be included. The following are considered separate families:

  1. Related adults other than spouses and unrelated adults who reside together;

  2. Children living with non-legally responsible relatives;

  3. Emancipated minors;

  4. A minor parent; and

  5. Children placed outside the home and who are not residing full-time with the biological parents or usual caretaker.

2-004.03C Income Eligibility: Clients whose gross income minus allowable disregards is at or below 312 percent of the Federal poverty level for the appropriate family size, meet the income criteria for the Respite Subsidy Program.

Income Levels (312% Federal Poverty Level)

Family Size
Monthly Income Criteria
Family Size
Maximum Financial Resource Limit
2 or more


How do I Apply?

Submit a Lifespan Respite Subsidy application (and supportive documentation, if needed) electronically to OR mail to: DHHS, Division of Children & Family Services, Attn: Economic Assistance, P.O. Box 95026, Lincoln, NE 68509-5044. To speak with Program staff, call (402) 471-9188 (Linda Lehde, Social Services Worker) or (402) 471-1764 (Sharon Johnson, Program Coordinator) or (402) 471-9450 (Economic Assistance Support Staff).

Application Forms and Fact Sheets

Lifespan Respite Subsidy Program Application - ENGLISH

Lifespan Respite Subsidy Program: Funding Request for Exceptional Circumstances including Crisis Respite

CFS-22 Respite Narrative Instructions and Sample

CFS-22 Respite Subsidy Billing Document Sample 1

CFS-22 Respite Subsidy Billing Document Sample 2

Lifespan Respite Subsidy Billing Document

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This project is funded in part through a DHHS ACL Lifespan Respite Integration grant awarded to the NE Department of Health & Human Services, #90LI0008-02-00
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