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As a Certified NAMI Maine Family respite provider, am I an employee of  NAMI Maine?
Yes. Effective July 1, 2012,all Certified Respite providers paid by NAMI Maine Family Respite are per diem employees of NAMI Maine.

Do I have to be certified to provide respite to a family who is active in the respite program?
Yes, Effective January 1, 2013, all respite providers must be certified through NAMI of Maine.

Why would I become certified right now?
It is a requirement of the NAMI Respite contract as outlined by DHHS.  NAMI Family Respite Certified  providers‚Äô name and phone numbers are available to NAMI Respite families who are active in the respite program and seeking a provider. 

What is required to be a certified respite provider?
Current certifications in CPR ,First Aid & BBP, plus two written references, successful completion of background checks, and proof of other educational components as evidenced by certificates provided.

How do I get certified in CPR, First Aid & BBP?
Call your local American Red Cross, American Heart Association, or any other provider of CPR and First Aid certification and sign up for a class. Or contact the Maine Parent Federation at (207) 588-1933 or at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for a complete list of available trainings & resources.   Also an online course (a fee) for CPR, First Aid & BBP can be found at  the American Academy of CPR & First Aid, Inc. at www.onlinecprcertification.net/

Who should my written references be from?
Anybody who can speak to your ability to care for children and your problem solving-skills.  Coworkers, friends, and family members are all acceptable.  You may have them write a letter or you may use the reference authorization form downloadable from our Become a Certified Respite Provider page.

How do background checks get completed?
You will sign permission forms for NAMI Maine Family Respite to complete background checks with the Department of Motor Vehicles, the State Bureau of Identification, and the Department of Health and Human Services.  Background checks are completed at the expense of NAMI Maine, at no cost to you. This process will be necessary even if you have background checks on file with another agency.

What are we looking for in the results of our background checks?
NAMI Maine Family Respite  reserves the right to deny certification to providers whose personal behavior is inconsistent with those of the agency.  Examples include substantiated allegations of abuse or neglect, crimes involving violence, and crimes against children.  For more details on our background check guidelines, see Module One of the Respite Provider Resource Manual.

Where does respite care take place?
Respite care can take place in your home, in the family‚Äôs home, or in a community setting.  If you plan to provide respite care in your home, we need successful completion of background checks for each person in your home who is over 18.

How do I meet families?
Once NAMI Maine Family Respite certified, your name, phone number, and some other information about your preferences is included on a list of NAMI Maine Family Respite certified  providers available on namimaine.org.  Please be sure to indicate on your namimaine.org profile if you are looking for new families to work with or not.  Your responsibility is to respond to phone calls from families (we expect you to return calls promptly,) and on a case-by-case basis, determine whether the family‚Äôs needs match your availability.  You and the family determine the when and where the respite will take place.


Can I advertise my services as a provider?

Yes, However, your advertising activity must be reviewed and approved by the NAMI Maine Family Respite Director.

Should I expect a living wage from my work as a certified respite provider?
No.  The amount of money you make as a certified respite provider depends entirely on the needs of the families you meet.   As a per diem employee of NAMI you are only allowed to work 29 hours per week.

How much does a certified respite provider get paid?
When a child is approved for NAMI Maine Family respite services, NAMI  assigns the child a Level of Care based on the information we receive about the child's needs.  Most of our children are "Level 1."  To be a "Level 2," the child needs to have high needs, such as medical care required or severely aggressive behavior.  Based on the Level of Care assigned to the child,NAMI Maine certified respite providers are paid either $10 or $12.50 per hour.  If a NAMI Maine Family respite certified provider cares for multiple children from the same family approved for respite care, the pay would be $10 or $12.50 per hour for the first child, based on his/her Level of Care, and an additional $1 per hour for each additional child, up to a total of four.  NAMI Certified Respite workers can work no more than 29 hours per week and shall not serve children from multiple families at one time.

How many hours are available to families approved for NAMI Respite?

NAMI Maine Respite Families are allotted a total of 288 hours per fiscal year to be used by all approved children in the family not for each child. Allotments are split into 4 equal quarters. Hours are limited and families should track their use carefully.

If I am paid by direct deposit, how to I access my pay stubs?

Just follow the instructions on this guide.




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