Bringing Respite to Your Community

Spring/Summer 2023 Workshop 

April 24 – June 7, 2023

There will be two workshop sessions running at the same time. Participants will choose which face-to-face zoom meetings work best for them. Please sign up using the button for the meetings that work best for you.

Both sessions are currently full.

To be added to a waitlist, please contact [email protected]

If there is enough interest, another session could open in May. 

This workshop meets on Tuesdays from 11:30a-12:30p. 

Materials will be released on April 26th. Zoom meetings: 

  • May 2, 2023 – 11:30a – 12:30p
  • May 9, 2023 – 11:00a – 1:00p
  • May 16, 2023 – 11:30a – 12:30p
  • May 23, 2023 – 11:30a – 12:30p
  • May 30, 2023 – 11:30a – 12:30p
  • June 6, 2023 – 11:30a – 12:30p

This workshop meets on Wednesdays from 8:00a – 9:00a. 

Materials will be released on April 26th. Zoom meetings: 

  • May 3, 2023 – 8:00a – 9:00a
  • May 10, 2023 – 7:30a – 9:30a
  • May 17, 2023 – 8:00a – 9:00a
  • May 24, 2023 – 8:00a – 9:00a
  • May 31, 2023 – 8:00a – 9:00a
  • June 7, 2023 – 8:00a – 9:00a

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 week, 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: [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 

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 – March 2023

Individuals who've successfully completed the Respite Care Provider Training course
Respite care providers currently listed on the Wisconsin Respite Care Registry
Dollars RCAW provided family caregivers to receive respite care through the Caregiver Respite Grant Program
Respite hours provided to family caregivers who've applied for the Caregiver Respite Grant Program