NAMI Maine Respite Services
As of July 1st 2013, the following changes have been made to the Respite Program
· Families hours have reset to 16 as of July 1st.
· Respite providers will now receive $10 an hour for level 1 service and $12.50 an hour for level 2. The per diem rate will be $100 for level 1 and $125 for level 2.
· Mileage reimbursement is now available as needed for providers traveling distances to provide respite service, not to exceed 100 miles roundtrip. This is for travel from a provider home to the family's home and back. Travel time is not billable.
· Providers may work up to 30 hours per week.
· Providers will now receive $1.00 an hour (instead of $2.00) for each additional child they work with (up to four).
**Call your Regional Coordinator NOW to sign up for an orientation**
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NAMI Maine Respite Services
Information for Families, Respite Providers, Case Managers and The Community
NAMI Maine delivers respite services for families with children and youth who have developmental and/or emotional/behavioral disabilities. This service is funded by the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Child and Family Services and families qualify for up to 16 hours per month, or 192 hours of respite service per year.
There are many changes in rules and requirements related to respite care and NAMI Maine Family Respite staff are eager to help anyone who desires to receive or deliver respite services. The following information and forms are a good place to start, but if you have any questions, please contact your Regional Coordinator:
Information for Families:
If you have received respite care in the past, or are interested in receiving care now, and your child(ren) are under age 18 and have a diagnosed disability, Family Respite Services may be just what you need for a planned break from caring for your child(ren). If you think you may qualify, contact one of the NAMI Maine Family Respite offices, and request a Family Respite Services Application. Complete the application and return the required information to NAMI Maine at your earliest convenience.
The application forms are also available for download here, including:
1) Family Cover Letter (pdf)
2) Determination of Fee Percentage (doc) (pdf)
3) Family Application Form (doc) (pdf)
4) Child/Youth Application Form (one for each child receiving service) (doc) (pdf)
5) Recent use of respite services (Includes dates of service, provider, and level of satisfaction with the service). (doc) (pdf)
We will reach back out to you if anything is missing or needs clarification.
***If you currently have a respite worker (a friend, family member, etc.) that you would like to continue to work with, please encourage that person to contact us and begin their application process (see below).***
One of our goals is to maintain the important relationships that exist between families and respite providers. We will work with you to reach this goal.
Information for Respite Providers:
Respite Providers are hired as per diem employees for NAMI Maine and must be at least 21 years old. Individuals who would like to provide respite services can work up to 10 hours per day/ 30 hours per week. It is a requirement that providers are certified and should submit the following material:
Provider Application (all four forms):
4. Child Protective Request Form, RETURN FORM TO NAMI Maine but DO NOT send $15 – NAMI Maine will cover the costs. (Child Protective Form)
We will reach back out to you if we have any questions or need clarification.
Please note the following important changes to respite services:
· All respite providers must become per diem employees of NAMI Maine.
· All respite providers are required to be certified
· All respite workers will be required to sign releases so that NAMI Maine can complete motor vehicle, child protective, and criminal background checks.
One of our goals is to establish strong, supportive relationships not only between families and respite providers, but also between NAMI Maine and its per diem respite care workers. We will work with you to reach this goal. Regional Coordinators in Bangor, South Portland and Augusta are ready to help anyone who qualifies.
Other Links & Forms:
Respite Services Handbook 2013 (DOC) (PDF)
Or we would be glad to mail or email these forms to you at your request.