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NAMI Maine Family Respite exists to assist families by enabling a much needed break in the responsibility of caring for a child with significant developmental delays and behavioral or emotional disorders.

Through a certified provider network, trained per diem staff are available to care for children with special needs in their communities so that their parents can get a break. Qualified applicants can earn extra income while providing short-term relief to families of children with disabilities and special needs.

NAMI MAINE FAMILY PROGRAM & COVID-19

NAMI Maine has created an emergency enrollment process for the Family Respite Program during these challenging times. The Respite Program allows caregivers raising a child with a mental health diagnosis or two or more developmental delays to have a break from caregiving. The Respite Program will now provide families with 26 hours per month of in-home support. Staring immediately, there is a shortened application process to enroll children in the program, and also to be hired as a respite provider.

Families currently enrolled in the program are automatically eligible for 26 hours of respite per month until June 30, 2020. New families may apply here. NAMI Maine will be using a presumptive eligibility process that will require less information to start services than is typically required by the program.

Individuals, including family members who do not reside in the same home as the child, who are interested in being hired to provide respite services to children in their local community may complete an application form found here.

During these difficult times, NAMI Maine is focused on increasing in-home supports to families raising special needs children, while still respecting the importance of social distancing. We are specifically looking to provide increased access to the program in order to connect families and providers who already have an existing relationship and reside in the same local community.

Are you a parent or caregiver looking for activities and educational opportunities at home for your child during the COVID-19 pandemic? Check out our suggested resources here!

COVID-19 Resources

I AM INTERESTED IN BECOMING OR AM CURRENTLY A:

Family

Provider

CONTACT THE NAMI MAINE FAMILY RESPITE TEAM:

Phone: (800) 464-5767
Fax: (207) 621-8430
Email: respite@namimaine.org
Mailing Address: 52 Water Street, Hallowell, Maine 04347