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Services for People with Disabilities – Respite for Families Caring for a Child with Intellectual Disabilities

Provided by: Government of Saskatchewan - Ministry of Social Services

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Service Description

Provides a monthly financial benefit for respite services to parents or guardians of a child who has an intellectual disability to enable parents or guardians to pay for short-term alternative or additional supervision and care of the child. Respite gives parents and guardians a temporary or short-term break from the daily responsibilities of caring for a child who has an intellectual disability. 


Parents or guardians must: - be residents of Saskatchewan; - have a child living in their family home who is under age 18, meets the eligibility requirements of Community Living Service Delivery, and has been accepted for services provided by the branch; and - meet financial eligibility criteria. Families must agree to: - an annual income test; - report any change in circumstances; - use the benefit for respite care; - not pay themselves as parents or guardians, or use the benefit for employment-related child care expenses; and - take part in an annual review with the assigned Community Living Service Delivery worker.

Application Process

Parents/Guardians must:
- complete an application that includes signing a declaration indicating they will follow the stated guidelines of the respite program;
- take part in an assessment of the support needs of the child using the Daily Living Support Assessment, and an assessment of the impact of the disability on the family unit using the Family Impact of Disability Assessment; and
- consent to initial and annual income verification regarding their Notice of Assessment information from the most recent taxation year, obtained through an information sharing agreement with the Canada Revenue Agency.

To apply for the Family Respite Program, contact the Community Living Service Delivery office nearest to you or call 306-787-3848.

Prince Albert Service Centre – Community Living/Child Protection


800 Central Avenue
Prince Albert SK  S6V 6G1

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