ERIC Number: ED327039
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Respite Care: An Overview of Federal, Selected State, and Private Programs. Report to Congressional Requesters.
General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Div. of Human Resources.
This report examines respite care services that provide temporary relief to family members and other caretakers of children at risk of abuse or neglect including children who are mentally retarded, behaviorally disturbed, physically disabled, or chronically or terminally ill. In 1988 the 25 states surveyed funded 111 respite care programs as did six national organizations. The federal government's principal effort was awards amounting to $9.7 million for demonstration grants. Report sections focus on: respite care aims (to relieve stress, prevent child abuse, and promote family unity); federal, state, and private levels involved in respite care; state funded programs; national service organizations; federal involvement; family responses to respite care services; and suggestions for improving services (increase information and publicity, train more providers, maintain flexible programs, and enhance federal role). Nine appendixes provide detailed information on: objectives, scope, and methodology; characteristics of 111 state-funded programs by state; summary information about state-funded programs; provider eligibility and licensing requirements; results of questionnaire administered to officials of state-funded respite care programs; local chapters of national organizations with respite care programs; federal respite care grants awarded by state; comments from the Department of Health and Human Services; and major contributors to the report. Includes 109 references. (DB)
Descriptors: At Risk Persons, Child Abuse, Child Neglect, Children, Delivery Systems, Disabilities, Financial Support, Government Role, National Organizations, National Surveys, Needs Assessment, Respite Care, Services, Special Health Problems, State Programs
U.S. General Accounting Office, P.O. Box 6015, Gaithersburg, MD 20877 (First five copies free, $2.00 each additional copy).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Div. of Human Resources.