Respite Providers
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 Family Respite Providers
Type: Per diem (Up to 29 hours/week)
Location: Statewide
Hourly Rate Range: $11.00 - $13.25/hour      
Reports to: Regional Family Respite Managers / Family Respite Program Director
Program  Description
The mission of NAMI Maine’s Family Respite Program is to support the healthy functioning of families by providing safe and professional childcare services to children with developmental delays and/or behavioral health diagnoses.  Respite is defined as “The temporary relief from the responsibility of constant care giving.”  
Duties & Responsibilities
Respite providers support family caregivers or guardians who are caring for children with disabilities who have qualified for respite services by providing a temporary, planned break from caregiving so that parents or guardians may run errands, recreate or simply get a breather from providing care. Respite providers may be qualified as professional educators, service providers or use life experiences to meet certification requirements. Respite Providers may care for children and assist respite families by providing a planned temporary break. Relatives, friends, neighbors or other individuals familiar with the needs of the child may qualify to provide respite care. Providers must be current in CPR, First Aid and Blood Borne Pathogens. Care may be provided in the family’s home, the provider's home, or community settings as defined by the families' needs. Work hours are not guaranteed.
  • At least 18 years old
  • Minimum of a high school diploma or GED
  • Interest in providing support for children with emotional, behavioral and developmental challenges.
  • Applicants should have experience working with children with disabilities or personal experience with a specific family raising a child with special needs.
  • All respite providers are required to be certified as a respite provider based on the Respite Care Certification Guidelines.
  • Applicants must be able to work independently.
  • A familiarity with mental health, child welfare and service delivery systems is preferred but not required.

To apply:

  1. Visit the Family Respite Program site for details on how to become a provider.
  2. Complete the NAMI Maine Respite Provider Application.
 To submit a completed application or ask questions, contact:
 Chelsay Evans, Respite Application Specialist
Phone: (800) 464-5767 ext. 2314  
 (Ongoing Recruitment)