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Respite Care Providers’ Network

The Respite Care Providers’ Network is the preeminent national voice for those who are simply too ill to recover in the streets. We support the development of new and existing medical respite care programs through education, client advocacy, networking and research. In addition to hosting an annual conference and other training events, we provide comprehensive respite resources and information.

The mission of RCPN is to improve the health status of individuals who are homeless by supporting programs that provide medical respite care and related services.

Join the Respite Care Providers’ Network

The Respite Care Providers’ Network operates as a Standing Committee of the National Health Care for the Homeless Council. We invite your participation at the following levels:

  1. Join the Respite Care Providers’ Network by becoming an Individual Member of the National Health Care for the Homeless Council. On the Individual Membership Application form, simply choose the RCPN membership option, and elect to receive Respite & Care News.
  2. List your program in the Medical Respite Program Directory. Contact the Medical Respite Coordinator for more information.
  3. Become an Organizational Member of the National Health Care for the Homeless Council.
  4. Nominate yourself or a colleague to serve on the RCPN Steering Committee. Open positions are announced in January of each year in Respite News and on this webpage.
  5. Nominate a person, team, or agency for the Willie J. Mackey National Medical Respite Award. (Nominations for the 2023 Willie J. Macky Award are currently closed.)

2023-2024 RCPN Steering Committee

The mission of the Respite Care Providers’ Network (RCPN) is to improve the health status of individuals who are homeless by supporting programs that provide medical respite care and related services. The RCPN Steering Committee works to achieve this mission.

Ashley Brand, MA, MPH, CPH
CommonSpirit Health
Sacramento, CA

Joseph Funn
Consumer Representative
Baltimore, MD

LaSonya Kelly, LCSW-C
Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services
Rockville, MD

Hilary King, LMHC, SUDP
Edward Thomas House Medical Respite
Seattle, WA

Susannah King, MSW, LICSW
Hennepin County HCH
Minneapolis, MN

Omar Marrero, BA
Barbara McInnis House
Boston, MA

Brooks Ann McKinney, MSW
Cone Health and Hospitals/Triad Health Network ACO
Greensboro, NC

Tony Murchison
Consumer Representative
Washington, D.C.

Laurel Nelson, EMNA
Center for Respite Care
Cincinnati, OH

Annie Nicol, FNP, PA
Petaluma Health Center
Petaluma, CA

Miriah Nunnaley, RN, BSN
Colorado Coalition for the Homeless
Denver, CO

Gargi Cooper, FNP
Deborah Smith Walsh Recuperative Care Center/Lynn Community Health Center
Lynn, MA

Ti’eri Lino
Interfaith Works Homeless Services
Olympia, WA

Liz Locatelli, LCSW, ACM, CCM, CMAC
New Directions – A program of Peninsula Healthcare Connection
San Jose, CA

The Respite Care Providers’ Network offers a rich community of fellowship to support frontline administrators, clinicians, consumers, and advocates⁠—and improve their care for those who need it most.

Julia Dobbins, MSW

Julia Dobbins
NIMRC Director, Programs and Services

Participate in the Council by becoming a Member by either Joining or Renewing your Individual, or Organizational membership