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New Funding for Respite Program

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MEDIA ADVISORY
October 19, 2018

Contact:  Jon Ebelt, Public Information Officer, DPHHS, (406) 444-0936
                Chuck Council, Communications Specialist, DPHHS, (406) 444-4391

Governor Bullock to announce new funding for respite program

Program provides a break for Montana families caring for their loved ones

Governor Steve Bullock will announce Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at 9 a.m. at the Capitol Rotunda in Helena that the state of Montana has received a three-year $800,000 federal grant to sustain and strengthen respite services in the State of Montana.

Bullock will be joined by recipients of the Montana Lifespan Respite program.

Respite is defined as a temporary break for family and individual caregivers and may include in-home care, companionship or outings. The program supports family caregivers of children or adults with special needs.

More than 118,000 Montanans provide an estimated $1.43 billion per year of unpaid care to help older parents, spouses, adult children with disabilities and other loved ones to live independently in their homes and communities. These family caregivers assist with bathing and dressing, preparing meals, driving to doctor visits, paying bills, administering medication, and other medical tasks—all the everyday necessities of life.

Who: Governor Steve Bullock; DPHHS Director Sheila Hogan; Montana Lifespan Respite program recipients.
What: Montana Lifespan Respite Program funding announcement
When: Tuesday, October 23, 9 a.m.
Where: Capitol Rotunda, Helena