Bringing Respite to Your Community

2022 Workshop Dates


Fall 2022: October 3 – November 13, 2022 (registration opens August 22, 2022)

2023 Dates Coming Soon!

This FREE workshop will provide you with the information and building blocks needed to start a respite program in your community. You will have the opportunity to offer and receive feedback from others starting programs in their communities, allowing you to build a support system throughout Wisconsin.

BRYC is a six-week course. The first, third, and fifth weeks consist of online modules for you to complete on your own time. The second, fourth, and sixth weeks are virtual, face-to-face meetings at a scheduled time.

Four sessions are being offered in 2022 for Wisconsin Residents. If you have questions, please contact BRYC’s instructor Val Madsen: [email protected]

There is a need for more respite programs in Wisconsin. Throughout the state, there is funding available to pay for respite care. But in most communities, there are very few, if any, providers. Respite care programs can look like a variety of models.  Some use volunteers, and there is no fee to the participants. Other respite care services are paid through waiver funds that are provided by the state. Respite Care Association of Wisconsin is offering a free six-week virtual workshop so that you can explore the idea of bringing respite to your community. You will walk through the steps with other like-minded individuals that want to build a respite program.

Questions or more information, please contact Val Madsen, Training and Development Specialist at [email protected] or 608-285-2440.

Workshop Syllabus

Week 1: Needs Assessment, Program Design, and Business Structure (Online Course Module)

Week 2: Program Design and Licensing, Funding & Budgeting Intro (Virtual Face-to-Face)

Week 3: Policies and Procedures, Documentation, Interviews with Respite Programs (Online Course Modules)

Week 4: Professional Guest Speakers – topics vary each workshop, could include insurance, legal information, accounting, and others (Virtual Face-to-Face)

Week 5: Staffing & Volunteers, Recruitment & Hiring, Training, and Program Growth (Online Course Module)

Week 6: Branding & Marketing, Project Presentations & Course Wrap-up (Virtual Face-to-Face)

Registration is limited to 10 people. This will allow for interactions and quality feedback about your specific program. The hope is that your workshop group will become a support for you throughout the process of building your respite program. W


Successful Completion of the Workshop

Along with creating a respite program plan, RCAW wants to continue to support you in your respite program development. Upon completion of the workshop, you will receive:

  • Access to the RCAW & Direct Course Partnership, giving you access to more than 45 online courses (over 500 hours of continuing education).
  • Access to funds to cover the costs of training and conferences
  • An opportunity to receive up to $4,000 for your business to provide respite care from an RCAW start-up business grant for underserved populations.
 We want to invite you to take The Wisconsin Respite Survey. The Wisconsin Respite Survey is an online survey of caregivers, care recipients, respite providers, and agencies.
Your input in this survey is significant to understand the current state of respite better. The survey is being conducted in partnership between the Marquette University College of Nursing, the Respite Care Association of Wisconsin, and the ARCH National Resource Network.
The purpose of the survey is to:
1. Assess and understand the current state of respite in Wisconsin by understanding who is receiving respite
2. Understand the availability and access to receiving respite
3. Understand the barriers to receive quality respite
4. Understand the respite care workforce
5. Understand how respite is used and what outcomes respite has

Data from July 01, 2020 – JULY 2022

Number of respite care providers listed on the registry
Number of respite hours funded through our CRGP
amount of $$ allocated via grant programs
Number of learners who’ve completed Respite Care Provider Training