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Respite Care

Respite Care Program

The Collaborative, in partnership with CareSource, has developed a statewide Respite Care Program that offers therapeutic relief and time-limited breaks to families and other caregivers of CareSource Members. Our network of respite care practitioners are available to assist CareSource Members with normal activities of daily life in order to meet the needs of the primary caregiver, as well as the child.  The Program goal is to improve child and family outcomes and reduce health care costs. The Program will formally begin on February 1, 2021.

What are Respite Services?

Respite provides short-term, temporary relief for families. It can be planned or emergency care. Services can be delivered in a child’s home, or in out-of-home locations, utilizing our network of respite care provider facilities and therapeutic family homes. 

Services may include:

•    Emergency services
•    General supervision
•    Meal preparation
•    Hands-on assistance with personal care


Program Eligibility:

Respite care provides a short-term break for caregivers. This vital service helps caregivers stay healthy and ready to continue caring for their loved ones.


The Collaborative Respite Care Program is only available to individuals enrolled on a CareSource health plan and who meet the following criteria:

  • Under age 21 resident of the State of Ohio

  • Has a qualifying mental health diagnosis

  • Is not in a foster care placement


If your child doesn’t meet our program criteria, but still would benefit from similar services, please consider contacting:

Uplifted Youth
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Interested in Learning More?

Lorie Stadtmiller, MBA

Health Care Network Director

Frequently Asked Questions:
  • Do I have to wait until my renewal period to get the Kids First plate for my vehicle?
    You can exchange your current license plate for a Kids First specialty license plate by choosing the “Exchange Your Plates” option on Or exchange your plates in person at the Deputy Registrar.
  • Can I personalize my Kids First license plate?
    Yes, you can personalize your Kids First plate. The fees for personalization of all plates, including the Kids First plate, are retained by the Bureau of Motor Vehicles and will not benefit Ohio Children’s Alliance.
  • What if I have a leased vehicle?
    You can purchase a Kids First license plate for your leased vehicle. To do so, obtain a power of attorney form from the leasing company to submit with your renewal registration form.
  • What happens when I renew my plates next year?
    Plate renewals will provide continued support to Ohio’s children. A portion of your annual or bi-annual renewal fees will also benefit Ohio Children’s Alliance.
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