Program history and intent: Whom do we serve? NAMI Maine Family Respite serves families with children up to17 years of age who have significant developmental delays (6 months or greater) in two or more areas of development, behavioral and/or emotional special needs, or developmental disabilities including mental retardation and autism.
The Respite Program began in 1987 as a grant from the federal government to meet the needs of families who had no natural family supports and were caring for children with demanding special needs, particularly in rural areas. Maine's success in developing a statewide service system that is family focused and responds to parent choices is a model for the country. Many other states have adopted aspects of the Maine Respite System.
The Nami Maine Family Respite Program determines eligibility based on guidelines established by DHHS.
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