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This is a program developed by Clinton County C.C.S.I. (Coordinated Children Services Initiative) and BHSN to provide respite services to children/adolescents currently experiencing significant difficulty functioning in regular daily activities due to extreme family, emotional and/or behavioral problems or mental health issues.

Respite is a short break which provides rest and relief to children and their families/ caregivers who are overwhelmed with a variety of issues. Through the Respite Program a child can spend short amounts of time away from their family with trained and screened Respite Parents.

During respite the child can expect to relax and enjoy child centered activities in a well supervised and structured family setting. Respite allows the child to return home after everyone has experienced a refreshing break from day to day struggles.

Children and adolescents referred to the Child & Family Respite Program have a match made with Respite families based on several criteria including both the child’s particular behavioral problems and individual strengths. Types of Respite available through this program include:

• Day respite provides planned respite over the course of a half or full day (3-6 hours maximum). This service usually occurs after school hours or on weekend days

• Weekend/Overnight respite provides planned respite for an overnight stay (3-6 days or 1-2 weekends/month). This service usually takes place over the course of a weekend or school vacation.

• Crisis respite provides an immediate, short term break to children and families who are having emotional, behavioral or placement crisis, and are not identified as needing hospitalization. Currently, this is only available for families receiving services from Department of Social Services.

For more information contact: Carissa Parot or Sara Munson at 518-561-8815 or email or

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