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:

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Lorie Stadtmiller, MBA

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Frequently Asked Questions:

What are Respite Services?

The Respite Services Program provides short-term temporary relief to the caregiver of an individual under the age of twenty-one (21) to support and preserve the primary caregiving relationship. Respite Services can be provided on a planned or emergency basis and may be furnished in the Member’s home or a facility, or home certified or licensed by the State of Ohio.

What is the length of time services can be provided?

Respite services can be provided hourly or services may be provided for more than one (1) consecutive day, but shall not exceed more than thirteen (13) consecutive days.

Who qualifies for Respite Care Services?

To qualify for Respite services the member must be a CareSource covered person who is an Ohio resident between the ages of birth and twenty-one (21), and who has a Serious Mental Disturbance (SED) as defined in the Ohio Administrative Code, without symptoms or behaviors that indicate imminent risk of harm to self and others, and who benefits from respite services, such as to prevent inpatient, institutional or out of the home stay. Members may also have histories of inpatient, institutional, or out of home care placements. Members may be in the legal custody of a public children services agency (PCSA); however, may not be in foster care placement.

Who are Respite Providers?

The Collaborative cultivated a statewide network of respite care providers from OhioMHAS-certified community behavioral health agencies in every region of Ohio. The network includes practitioners that can provide services within a home, facilities that can serve children during the day and overnight, as well as certified foster homes that are available for overnight stays. All respite care providers possess CPR and first aid training.

What are the qualifications of practitioners providing services?

A practitioner may be a behavioral health specialist, licensed practitioner, or certified foster caregiver who is employed by or contracted with a Participating Provider; and who meets the qualifications of the Program, including possession of CPR and first-aid training. Participating Providers are obligated to ensure all Practitioners are credentialed, possess required training, and are regularly screened to ensure they are not debarred or excluded from providing services to Members.

Where can referrals be made?

Referrals can be made using our Respite Referral Form. All referrals will be reviewed to determine if the member meets criteria within 24/48 hours of submission. Referrals made on Friday will be responded to within 24 hours of the next business day.

Are services provided in all counties?

At this time, our provider network does not cover the following counties: Southwest Ohio: Pike, Scioto. Southeast Ohio: Athens, Gallia, Hocking, Lawrence, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Noble, Vinton, Washington. Northwest Ohio: Huron, Mercer, Seneca. Here is a map of our current providers.