Family Support Respite Services
What is Family Support Respite?
Family Support Respite gives temporary relief to families that are providing day-to-day care to adults and children that have a Developmental Disability. The family receives an annual allotment of funds that they can use to hire someone to care for their child, to register their child for summer camp or day camp. The amount of respite funds for each family depends on the individual needs of each family as well as the annual program budget. When funds are limited, a list of criteria is used to prioritize individuals who are assessed to have the highest care needs. Respite services include assessment, treatment planning, information on respite opportunities and actual respite funds.
Who can benefit from Respite?
Respite services are available to families that have a minor child or adult child of any age. The individual must have a diagnosable developmental disability that results in functional impairment that interferes with the child's family, school or community activities. Individuals must reside with a family member or legal guardian to be eligible.
How does Respite Care Services help a family?
Family Support Respite gives families a break from the intense care needs of their child/children. It gives parents and guardians the opportunity to relax, nurture other marital, family or social relationships, and to attend to business outside the home. Respite may not be used as daycare to engage in outside employment. By supporting the family we help them continue to care for their child at home.
How can you access Respite Care Services?
To request respite services call toll free to 1-888-482-8269 (M-F 8 a.m. â€“ 5 p.m.).
To obtain more information about Family Support Respite call (989) 895-2300 or toll free to 1-800-327-4693.