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Lifespan Respite Subsidy

Individual of any age with a special need who lives with an unpaid caregiver in a non-institutional setting, and meets financial criteria. Special needs include, but are not limited to, developmental disabilities, physical disabilities, chronic illness, physical, mental or emotional conditions, special health care needs, cognitive impairments that require on-going supervision, or situations in which there is a high risk of abuse or neglect for the individual with special needs. Exceptional Circumstances, including Crisis Respite is available.

Social Services Worker
(402) 471-9188

SSI/DCP (Disabled Children's Program)
Children age birth to 16 who receive SSI (Social Security Insurance) benefits.

Western Nebraska Gering (800) 477-6393
Central Nebraska Grand Island (800) 892-7922
Southeast Nebraska Lincoln (877) 213-4754
Northern Nebraska Norfolk (888) 704-0180
Southwest Nebraska North Platte (800) 778- 1600
Omaha area (402) 595-2120

Subsidized Adoption
Adoption subsidy approved by DHHS prior to the finalization of an adoption. Adoptive parent(s) may request an increase in the subsidy rate if your child encounters an unusual expense not generally incurred by a family and which is based on the child’s special needs. Note: Private or out-of-state subsidized adoptions have unique considerations
and may qualify for Lifespan Respite Subsidy.

Deanna Brakhage
Sub-Adopt Program Specialist
(402) 417-9331 or

Adult Protective Services
Persons who are 18 years of age or older and have a substantial functional or mental impairment OR 18 years of age or older and have a guardian that was appointed by the Nebraska probate code AND there are allegations of abuse, neglect, or exploitation, including self-neglect.

Call the 24-hour toll-free hotline at 1-800-652-1999

Children and Family Services Protection and Safety Foster Care
Children who are unable to live safely at home. The Department provides the child with a substitute family approved or licensed by the Department. DHHS and a family team work with children and families to find solutions for needs, including respite.

1-800-7PARENT (1-800-772-7368)


ACCESS Nebraska Economic Assistance
Customer Service (800) 383-4278
In Lincoln (402) 323 3900
In Omaha (402) 595-1258
8:00 am - 5:00 pm Monday thru Friday

Home and Community Based Services for Aged Persons or Adults or Children with Disabilities
Individuals of all ages who are eligible for Medicaid and have needs at nursing facility level of care. Want to live at home rather than a nursing facility and can be served safely
at home.

Children ages birth to three: Early Childhood Planning Regions
Children ages 3 to 17: Local DHHS offices
Adults 18-64: Independent Living Centers Adult over 65: Area Agencies on Aging

Home and Community Based Services for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities
Adults, age 21 years or older, and their families as appropriate, with intellectual or developmental disabilities (DD). Respite included in available services. Income
eligibility requirements.

Pam Hovis
Waiver Manager, Division of Developmental Disabilities
(402) 471-8717

Title III of Older Americans Act (National Family Caregiver Support Program)
Provides support services to informal family caregivers of individuals 60 years of age and older. The Caregiver can receive support in the form of care management, respite,education and training, information and assistance and various supplemental services. A service can be approved if it allows the caregiver to successfully maintain their caregiving role. Another aspect of the NFCSP is support for grandparents or relative caregivers who are the primary caregiver for a grandchild who is eighteen years of age or younger.

Local Area Agency on Aging office
Department of Health & Human Services State Unit on Aging
(402) 471-2307
1 (800)94207830 (Nebraska Only)

Medicaid through Personal Assistance Services, Skilled Nursing Care Services and temporary Nursing Home Care Active Medicaid and program
Active Medicaid and program-specific eligibility. Applicant must request respite resource from Access Nebraska Medicaid & Long-Term Care staff who determines eligibility.

Medical Eligibility
Customer Service Contact:
Call (855) 632-7633
In Lincoln (402) 473-7000
In Omaha (402) 595-1178
8:00 am-5:00 pm Monday thru Friday

Nebraska Western Iowa Veterans Administration Caregiver Support Program:
General Caregiver Support Services and Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers

If the veteran is not connected to the VA, visit their local county Veteran Service Officer
If the veteran goes to the VA contact their PACT team social worker for services Caregiver may contact the Caregiver Support Coordinator

Program specifically developed to support Caregivers of Veterans. Assists with accessing a wide range of services available to Veterans that may help ease Caregiver burden. Identifies and creates support resources to help educate Caregivers, alleviate Caregiver stress and improve wellness of Caregivers.

Caregiver Support Coordinator at each VA medical center 1-855-260-3274 to reach VA’s Caregiver Support Line

Joni S Morin MSW, LCSW
Caregiver Support Coordinator
Nebraska Western Iowa VA Health Care System

VA Caregiver Support Line
Monday through Friday, 8:00 am–11:00 pm ET
Saturday, 10:30 am–6:00 pm ET
VA Caregiver Support website

U.S. Air Force (USAF) Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP)
Families stationed throughout the country who have children requiring unique child care considerations due to the child’s moderate or severe special needs. USAF EFMP Respite Care is specifically designed for children whose medical conditions require assignment near major medical facilities in the continental U.S. Or whose needs are complex and require
specialized community of care.

Call Child Care Aware at 1-800-424-2246

Michelle Pridell

EFMP Office at 402-294-4329 for more information

If you have any question you may contact:
Sharon Johnson at the Department of Health and Human Services
Toll Free: 866-737-7483 

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This project is funded in part through a DHHS ACL Lifespan Respite Integration grant awarded to the NE Department of Health & Human Services, #90LI0008-02-00
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