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Respite Care Training

The Idaho Respite Care Program has created and compiled training material that is meant to be helpful to the respite care provider.  Formal training is not a requirement to participate in the program.   However, it is a great reference for those looking for assistance in better understanding the program, and gaining skills and knowledge in providing respite care services.

Who Can be a Respite Care Provider?

For the purposes of the Idaho Respite Care Program, this training is for any provider who is part of the child’s natural support system.  This includes grandparents, aunts or uncles, neighbors, friends, or any adult over the age of 19.  The provider cannot live in the child’s home and cannot be affiliated with an agency or provide other services to the family such as therapy or Family Support services.


About Respite Care Updated
“An empty lantern provides no light. Self-care is the fuel that allows your light to shine brightly.”

Respite care is short-term care for children with Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED) or a serious health condition, and is provided by someone other than parents or the primary caregivers of the child.

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1. Reduces familial stress by providing an opportunity to receive trusted help
2. Improves and supports family relationships
3. Allows time for parent or primary caregiver to engage in important self care activities
4. Provides parent or primary caregiver the opportunity to complete errands, hobbies, or appointments
5. Provides an opportunity for parents or primary caregivers to focus on other children or family members
YES System of Care Updated
At the core of the Idaho Respite Voucher Program are the Youth Empowerment Services (YES) Principles of care.

Youth Empowerment Services (YES) is the new mental health system of care in Idaho for youth with a serious emotional disturbance (SED) — a term used to identify youth under the age of 18 who have both a mental health diagnosis and a functional impairment. YES uses a youth and family centered, team-based, strengths and needs focused approach for early identification, treatment planning and implementation of care.

View the YES Principles of Care and Practice Model.
View the YES Practice Manual.

More information on YES Principles of Care and Practice Model can be found at the Youth Empowerment Services website.

How to Get Started Updated
What is Serious Emotional Disturbance? Updated
Serious Emotional Disturbance or SED is defined as a child under the age of 18 who has both a mental diagnosis from the DSM and a functional impairment identified by the CANS.

To learn more about SED, visit: What is Serious Emotional Disturbance? PDF

Accessing Respite Care Updated
Accessing respite care is simple and streamlined.  To start the process, the primary caregiver must:

1. Select a respite care provider from the child's natural support system
2. Complete the Respite Care Application
3. Complete an orientation with the respite care provider, and coordinate care

For details on the application process and billing refer to the Respite Care Guidebook
Important Considerations & Approach Updated

Learn more about important considerations & approach or go to "Other Helpful Resources" for more information.
Tools for Dealing with Difficult Behaviors Updated

Visit tools for dealing with difficult behaviors or go to "Other Helpful Resources" for more information.