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.

Ways to Get Involved

The Respite Care Providers’ Network (RCPN) is a membership network 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. Become an Organizational Member of the National Health Care for the Homeless Council.
  3. List your program in the Medical Respite Program Directory. Complete a program profile form and contact Samantha Marco or Stephen Wilder with any questions.
  4. Consider nominating yourself or a colleague for the RCPN Steering Committee or the Willie J. Mackey National Medical Respite Award. Nominations for each open in January each year, so please check the respective links above for more information and upcoming deadlines.
  5. For questions about the RCPN or the Steering Committee, please reach out to Caitlin Synovec or Samantha Marco.

2024-2025 RCPN Steering Committee

The role of the RCPN Steering Committee is to guide and inform the work of NIMRC and meet monthly to address issues in the field and advance the identified work plan.

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

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

Sharon Dipasupil
Circle the City
Phoenix, AZ

Richard Ducatenzelier
The Boulevard
Chicago, IL

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

Britt Lashier
Preble Street
Portland, ME

Ti’eri Lino
Interfaith Works Homeless Services
Olympia, WA

Omar Marrero, BA
Barbara McInnis House
Boston, MA

Brooks Ann McKinney, MSW
UpStream ACO
Greensboro, NC

Tony Murchison
Consumer Representative
Washington, DC

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

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