Bringing Respite to Your Community

Spring 2023 Workshop 

February 24 – March 31, 2023

Fridays 11a-12p

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 provide and receive feedback from others starting programs in their communities, allowing you to build a support system throughout the state of Wisconsin.

This is a six-week course. Each Friday, we will meet for one hour to discuss the information for the week and check in about your business plans. Some weeks will also have guest speakers that are professionals to provide you with information and answer your questions. Other weeks will have information on program designs, marketing, program development, staffing, licensing, and more.

This workshop is for Wisconsin Residents. If you have questions, please contact BRYC’s instructor Val Madsen:


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 or 608-285-2440.

Workshop Syllabus

Week 1: Needs Assessment, Program Design, and Business Structure 

Week 2: Program Design and Licensing, Funding & Budgeting Intro 

Week 3: Policies and Procedures, Documentation, Interviews with Respite Programs 

Week 4: Professional Guest Speakers – topics vary each workshop, could include insurance, legal information, accounting, and others 

Week 5: Staffing & Volunteers, Recruitment & Hiring, Training, and Program Growth 

Week 6: Branding & Marketing, Project Presentations & Course Wrap-up 

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. 


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 funds for your business to provide respite care from RCAW grant programs.

Data from 2018 – October 2022

Number of individuals who've successfully completed the Respite Care Provider Training course
Number of respite care providers currently listed on the Wisconsin Respite Care Registry
Total dollars we’ve provided family caregivers to receive respite care through the Caregiver Respite Grant Program
Number of respite hours provided to family caregivers who've applied for the Caregiver Respite Grant Program