What Is Respite?

Respite is time off for families who are caring for children with demanding special needs. During Respite, a NAMI Maine Family Certified provider cares for the needs of the identified children.

Respite is short term, usually lasting less than a full day and never lasting more than three weeks.NAMI of Maine Family Respite is not day care and cannot be used while parents are working.

In the State of Maine, only individuals holding a license from the Department of Human Services may care for a child in the provider's home for more than 23 continuous hours. However, care may last for more than 23 continuous hours in the child's home.

NAMI Maine Family Respite is a state-wide contracted service of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). NAMI Maine Family Certified Respite Providers are paid for their services as per diem Nami Maine employees with funds made available by DHHS. The following agency administrates the NAMI Maine Family Respite Program for the entire state of Maine.



Funding for this program provided by the Department of Health and Human Services