SED Respite Care Services
What are Respite Care Services?
Respite Care Services gives temporary relief to families that are providing day-to-day care to children that have a Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED). The family may receive an allotment of funds that can be used to enroll their child in after school program, to register their child for summer camp or day camp, and/or for their child to attend an enrichment class. 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?
SED Respite services are available to families that have a child between the ages of 7-17 years that have a diagnosable mental, behavioral, or emotional disorder that results in functional impairment that interferes with the child's family, school or community activities.
How does Respite Care Services help a family?
SED Respite Care Services 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 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 obtain more information about SED Respite Services call (989) 895-2240 or toll free 1-800-327-4693.
To request respite services call the Access Alliance of Michigan (a division of Bay Arenac Behavioral Health) at 1-800-448-5498 (M-F 8 a.m. -5 p.m.).