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About Respite Care

Quite simply, respite care is short-term or temporary relief for primary caregivers, which includes parents or legal guardians.

The Idaho Respite Care Voucher Program is a voluntary program that provides financial relief by issuing payment for respite care services to the primary care giver for services rendered by a provider in the child’s natural support system. This allows qualified families of youths with Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED) the opportunity to decompress or tend to important matters with the peace of mind that their child is being cared for by someone the child is familiar with or independent from a provider agency.  The result is the reduction of stress and an increase in stability within the family unit.

Respite care can be used to conduct personal business such as go to the gym, run errands, attend doctor’s appointments, etc.  It can also be used to allow the caregiver the ability to spend quality time with other family members or attend their activities.

Download the Idaho Respite Care Guidebook.

Apply for a Respite Care Voucher.