Respite Care Application Announcement

Release Date:  April 24, 2020

The PA Care Partnership, a state-wide System of Care Grant initiative funded by the  Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Bureau of Children’s Behavioral Health Services, is pleased to announce the Respite Care Funding Opportunity for the 2020/2021 fiscal year, through our partner, Youth MOVE PA. Youth MOVE PA will award up to eight (8) counties, programs, or organizations Respite Funding Opportunity in an amount up to $7,000.00 to explore innovative options for respite services to support families in caring for a child, youth, or young adults from birth to 21 years of age with complex behavioral health challenges. 

This funding opportunity has been developed in partnership with Youth MOVE PA, the PA Care Partnership, the State Leadership, and Management Team (SLMT), and the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) Bureau of Children’s Services to improve lives for youth in PA.

As part of the funding opportunity, we will have a learning community cohort of the funded sites to share ideas, challenges, and successes to enhance the way that respite services are delivered.  Those applying and receiving funding must agree to participate in monthly calls to discuss program successes and challenges, data collection efforts, and support the development of a best practice tool to be shared for future use.

The Goals for the Respite Funding opportunity are to:

  • Develop or expand respite services with a focus on youth with complex behavioral health and their families.
  • Provide additional resources to families/youth in need of respite services.
  • Develop and/or provide training for youth, family, and systems to expand their knowledge and skills providing respite services specifically related to children and youth ages birth-21 with serious emotional disturbances and their families. Areas of focus include youth may have multiple system involvement including, Children and Youth, Juvenile Justice, Education, Drug and Alcohol, and Early Intervention Services.

For this funding opportunity respite is defined as the following:

Respite refers to short-term, temporary care provided to children/youth, ages 0-21, diagnosed with serious emotional or behavioral challenges so that their families/caregivers can take a break from the daily routine of caregiving.  Respite can be delivered in the family’s/caregiver’s home or out in the community.  Respite services can vary from a few hours for a single day to a full week or may involve overnight care for a limited period of time.

Respite care may be an essential part of the overall support that families/caregivers need to sustain and care for their child or children. Respite care should be responsive to the individual family/caregiver needs.  

Respite may include:

  • In-home services by a county approved respite caregiver or licensed provider.
  • Summer camp (up to 1 week of non-MA funded per fiscal year) – Overnight or day camps.
  • Hours spent by a county approved respite caregiver or licensed provider providing respite care in community settings (i.e., playgrounds, amusement parks, local parks, and libraries.)
  • Out of home services through a county approved caregiver or licensed provider.
  • Overnight services by a county approved respite caregiver or licensed provider.
  • Non-planned respite for unforeseen circumstances (i.e., medical condition, death in the family).
  • Respite funds can be used for before and after school programs.
  • Funding for age-appropriate services and supports which meet the needs of the identified population. 

Respite does not include:

  • Therapeutic interventions.
  • Crisis interventions for the child/youth.
  • Medical Assistance funded services.
  • Respite funds cannot pay for ongoing instructional lessons/classes, recreational fees, or supplies (i.e., YMCA memberships, karate lessons, admission tickets, horseback riding lessons, durable goods, etc.)
  • Vacations
  • Funding for siblings who do not meet the eligibility criteria
     

Respite Funding Opportunity Overview

Eligibility:

Entities eligible for the respite funding opportunity are as follows:

  • Counties throughout the Commonwealth, including counties, who are currently working and contracted to work with the PA Care Partnership, except for counties currently funded as System of Care by SAMHSA.
    • SAMHSA funding guidelines prohibit counties within Pennsylvania, who are currently involved in a county-specific System of Care Grant ( Behavioral Health Alliance of Rural Pennsylvania, Allegheny County, Luzerne County, Erie County, Beaver County, and Philadelphia County) from applying for and receiving funding.
  • Programs and organizations that currently provide Respite Services within a county or joinder.  (County must submit a letter of support that they agree with the approach and requirements of the funding opportunity funding announcement)

Proposal Requirements:

  • Proposals that meet the following requirements will be considered for funding:
    • Active input in the creation of the proposal by at least one system partner (County Agency or Provider, Community Partner), one youth, and one family member, with all entities signing off on the submission. 
    • Provided a detailed summary of how the proposal was developed, including how the youth, family, systems, and providers were involved in the creation of the proposal.
    • Describe the population to be served and what will be provided to each community, i.e.,  direct services, training, etc.
    • Description of the respite program.
    • Rational for funding.
    • Where this will take place ( county-wide, provider-specific).
    • How the program will implement the determined approaches.
    • Timeline to implement the respite program.
    • Funding encumbered by 9/29/2020.
    • How the program will participate in the monthly calls, data collection, etc.
    • How will the program sustain or adapt once the funding opportunity has ended?
    • Contact person that will answer questions regarding the application and that should be notified regarding the funding approval if accepted.
    • If you are enhancing a current program, please provide information on the following.
      • Is this an existing program, and if so, please provide information on the program.
      • Location
      • Population served
      • Length of Operation
      • The intent to enhance the program.
      • Agreement to participate from the program representative.  

Proposals should not be longer than six (6) pages and should include the cover sheet and budget on how the funding will be utilized

Application Considerations:

  • Innovation around youth and young adults having the ability to enter respite.
  • Development of a memorandum of understanding between agencies and/or community organizations to provide in-kind or matching funding/support.
  • Utilization of funding for existing or newly funded respite programs to support improved trauma awareness. 
  • Advertise the respite opportunity to the identified population.  
  • Seamless transition from youth to young adults utilizing respite.

Funding Utilization:

  • Funding can be used for training, development, and provision of respite service
  • Funding cannot be used for renovation or building/office improvements
  • Grant funding requests should not exceed $7,000 per county
  • Funding must be utilized and encumbered by 9/29/2020.

Application Submission:

 Award Notifications:

  • Notice of award will be sent on or before July 24, 2020. Counties/providers will be notified by email by Youth MOVE PA

Questions about the funding opportunity can be directed to:

Respite Resources:     

For information on the PA Care Partnership visit www.pacarepartnership.org

For information on Youth MOVE PA visit www.pmhca.org/Youth-MOVE