Last Updated: July 19, 2021
Extended: Flexible Use of Direct Funded/At Home Program Respite
Until March 31, 2022, families who receive Direct Funded or At Home Program respite can use the standard amount of $3,080 per year in a flexible manner. Flexible options include meal prep/grocery shopping assistance, homemaker supports, caregiver relief support for siblings, online programs for children who are CYSN eligible, counselling services, and other options that support family well-being and alleviate stress. Families do not need to account for spending associated with the standard amount for agreements expiring before March 31, 2022.
Any amount of respite funding over the basic amount of $3,080/year is to be used for traditional respite, and families continue to be required to account for the spending of those enhanced funds using a Record of Expense Form that is submitted at the end of the agreement term.
Families are encouraged to contact a local CYSN Worker if they would like support in planning for respite.