Respite is defined as: "a flexible, periodic, short-term break from care-giving for the purpose of rest and renewal for the family" (An Ideal Model for Children & Youth - Respite Services and Supports, June 2007)
The Mental Health Respite fund is a flexible, self-directed funding support. This funding will provide In-home and out-of-home respite services and supports for families of children and youth who have social, emotional, behavioral or psychiatric needs. The child must be under the age of 18 years and live at home.
In-home is when a respite provider goes into the familys' home to provide care for the child or youth.
Out-of-home is where a child is placed temporarily in a residential program or group setting.
This funding is available to provide services and supports on a temporary basis, a 3 month time frame, for a child or youth for the purpose of providing caregiver relief. This is to promote family functioning and child and youth health, to avert or delay crises and to reduce the need for longer term out-of-home placement. The Elgin Respite Network committee accepts & reviews the applications and allocates the available resources.
Inquires can be directed to the Elgin Respite Network through:
Janice Fisher, Respite Coordinator
Community Living Elgin, Elgin Respite Network
400 Talbot St.