You may have heard or read that the State is continuing funding respite services for the next few months. Unfortunately, the State has not paid RGA or other providers for respite services for the past several months. As a result, RGA has made payments to families based on the amount of money the state has actually paid us. We are still owed money by the State for the second half of fiscal year 2011, which ended on June 30, 2011. Typically, grant funding cannot be carried over from one fiscal year to the next (we are now in fiscal year 2012) and we would have to return and unspent money to the State. However, if the State does pay us the money we are owed and we are permitted to make payments to families rather than return all money to the State, we will do so.
While we are hearing the same information that you are regarding at least short-term funding for respite services for the fiscal year 2012, we will not be making any payments to families until the money is actually received from the State.
During the next several weeks, we will be working with families to secure Service Agreements for fiscal year 2012 so that we can disperse funds as soon as they are received. I realize the hardship this situation presents to you and your family, and want you to know that RGA is doing everything we can to advocate for the restoration of permanent and full respite funding. Please make sure that your voice is heard by your representatives in Springfield, and let them know how important respite is to you and your family.
Family Support Administrator