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Montana Lifespan Respite Voucher Program Offered

The Lifespan Respite program is geared toward assisting with planned or emergency care provided to an individual who has a need for support and supervision in order to provide temporary relief to the primary caregiver of that individual. Respite may include in-home care, companionship or outings.

How does the Voucher Program work? The program offers financial compensation to a caregiver who has limited finances to hire a replacement for a temporary break for the primary caregiver.

• An application must be submitted.

• A caregiver strain index is completed.

• Funding is available but may require a co-pay based on a sliding scale fee according to income.

• There has to be a primary caregiver (they are the one who applies and who is reimbursed).

• Vouchers are for a maximum of $700 per calendar year.

• Respite provider must be 18 years of age or older.

• Respite provider cannot live in the same household as the person for whom care is given.

• Respite vouchers may be used to help pay for respite care in a facility.

• A satisfaction survey must be completed and returned.

How do I find an agency that employs respite providers where I live? Review the searchable database on the respite website: www.respite. This website also has the application as well as more resources and information.

If you need assistance with the paperwork, call 800-224-6034, 406-234-6034 Monday– Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, you can also contact the Aging and Disability Resource center 1-800-551-3191.

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