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.
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.
(Concepts borrowed from Copernicus Projects, Kennedy Krieger Institute: Baltimore, MD)
Families are eligible for NAMI Maine FamilyRespite Services if they have a child who is birth up to seventeen years of age and has documentation of significant delays (6 months or greater) in two or more areas of development, or a documented emotional and/or behavioral disability, and is not eligible for respite services (such as foster care) through another agency.
NAMI Maine Family Respite funds allotted to families for respite equal a maximum of 192 hours per year or 48 hours per quarter. Parents and guardians may choose to use their quarterly respite evenly spaced out over the quarter or several hours in one month and very little the next. Care may be provided overnight or for periods longer than ten hours, but is paid at a maximum daily rate of 10 hours,( 10 hour day rate).
After completing the certification process, new providers are added to the NAMI NAMIProvider Register, and this information is distributed to families. Considerations a family may use when locating a NAMI certified provider may include needs of the child, type of respite requested, geographic limitations, and experience of the NAMI certified provider.
Guidelines for NAMI Maine Certified Respite Providers
A successful and effective NAMI Maine Respite Provider:
What is HIPAA? In 1996, Congress passed the Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act, or HIPAA. In 2000, the Department of Health & Human Services issued final regulations under HIPAA establishing privacy standards for certain protected health information and final regulations became effective April 14, 2003.
NAMI Maine certified respite providers are covered under the NAMI Maine workmans comensation program, see the NAMI Maine Program Director as needed.