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HSD Seeks Applications from Agencies for Respite Services

The City of Seattle Human Services Department (HSD) is seeking applications from entities interested in providing Family Caregiver Support Program (FCSP) Respite Services for older adults (60+) and adults (18+) with a functioning disability. A Request for Qualification (RFQ) posted on March 15, 2024 will invest in Respite Services to meet the needs of the primary unpaid caregiver by providing short-term relief to prevent burnout and role fatigue and by lending support during periods of crisis.

“Family caregivers are responsible for the physical, emotional and often financial support of another person who is unable to care for themselves due to illness, injury, or disability,” said Mary Mitchell, director of HSD’s Aging and Disability Services division, which serves as the Area Agency on Aging for Seattle and King County. “Caregiving is rewarding but also demanding and, at times, exhausting. Respite services help caregivers carve out time for themselves, re-energize, and minimize stress and burnout so they can continue to provide the care their loved one needs.”

This RFQ will qualify agencies to provide non-Medicaid in-home respite services to older adults (60+) and adults (18+) with a functioning disability throughout King County, Washington.

Reimbursement rates will align with Medicaid Home Care Agency Vendor Rates and based on funding availability. Funding is made possible through the State of Washington – State Family Caregiver and federal Older Americans Act (OAA) Title 3E (CFDA #93.052). Initial awards will be made for the contract period of January 1, 2025– December 31, 2025. When the initial contract ends on December 31, 2025, ADS reserves the right to offer contract renewals on a 2-year contract cycle indefinitely.

HSD will offerone virtual information session(via Microsoft Teams) on Tuesday, March 19, 2024, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time. Agency representatives interested in learning more about this RFQ are encouraged to attend the session and ask questions. Completed application packets are due by 12:00 p.m. pacific time on Tuesday, April 16, 2024.

For more information, and all RFQ materials, visit HSD’s Funding Opportunities web page: or e-mail Jessica Clark, Funding Process Coordinator, at