Respite for Caregivers of Children with Serious Emotional Disturbance

Finding respite services for a child with challenging behavioral issues can be difficult for families. This fact sheet discusses the definition and characteristics of emotional disturbance, issues for families, program considerations including the referral process, the matching of respite providers and families, training, and evaluation, as well as the need for state involvement in program planning. Written by Susan Dougherty, ARCH Consultant and reviewed by Louise Barnes, Ph.D., Mental Health Program Planner, Office of Children and Youth, Division of Mental Health Services, TN Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, and Terry Butler, Inclusive Child Care Program, Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities.

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