Below is a list of Agencies or Registries offering Respite Care for caregivers of people with mental health challenges.
A nonprofit agency that works under contract with San Andreas Regional Center to screen, train, and employ providers to provide respite care to people (including youth) with various developmental disabilities (autism is one of them). Also offers a "private pay" option. Caregivers all have experience with special needs.
A for-profit company with a Santa Cruz franchise that has a respite care contract with San Andreas Regional Center. ComForCare also employs respite care workers for youth, as well as providers of services to seniors in the home, and will assess needs and match you with potential provider(s). They cover workers compensation, liability insurance, background checks and reference calls for their providers, as well as provider services themselves.
Care.com is a registry that provides care throughout the United States. Through care.com, childcare providers may seek work by providing information online about themselves, and parents may search directly for providers that meet their needs. Typical hourly rates for the providers range from $10-$25. Basic membership in care.com for parents is free, but to access details and background checks on providers there are monthly fees that range from $13-$39. You may search (by zip code or address) for local providers (of which there are many), some of whom have "special needs" experience.
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