Respite care includes planned routine care to support the continued residence of a child with emotional or behavioral disturbance with the child's family or long-term primary caretaker. (MN Statute 245.492 Subd. 17) This type of care can also be used on an emergency or crisis basis. Respite services provide temporary care for children with serious mental health needs who live at home. Access to this type of program gives families and caregivers a much needed break while offering a safe environment for their children. Respite care can be provided in a family’s home, foster home or licensed facility in the community and gives families a chance to reenergize and refocus.
DHS holds a vision for a flexible and creative respite care system that is available statewide and is adaptable to the special needs that children present. The division’s Respite Grants (PDF) fund respite services to families of children receiving county, county-contracted or tribal mental health targeted case management and the children must be designated severely emotionally disturbed (SED). The goals of these grants include: • Provide relief and support to caregivers • Improve child functioning • Decrease out-of-home placements and hospitalizations • Increase safety and permanency • Reduce family/parenting stress • Provide access to activities and community that may not normally be present
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