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Nebraska Statewide Respite Network


1-866-RESPITE (1-866-737-7483)


Families often feel high levels of emotional, physical and financial stress when they care for someone with special needs in the home. Because of the demands, many families do not have the occasional short term periods of rest and relief that are so important to everyone's health and family stability.

By providing breaks to the family, respite services are a vital support to the ability of families to provide continued care in the home. Respite services provide temporary, short-term care for families in crisis, foster parents, care givers of adults and children with disabilities or special needs person with Alzheimer's, frail elderly, or families simply needing a break.

Not only is respite a relief to families, it is often a relief to the service delivery system. By enabling the individual to remain in his/her own home, the need for out-of-home or institutional placement is reduced.

The Nebraska Respite Network was created in 1999 with the passage of legislation and is currently being implemented by Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). The purpose of the Nebraska Respite Network is to establish a statewide system for the coordination of respite resources that serve the life span.

Contracts are in place between DHHS and six local entities (one in each Service Area) who are responsible for Information and Referral for families needing access to respite, recruitment of respite providers, marketing activities to increase the public's awareness of respite, coordinating training opportunities for providers and consumers, and quality assurance and program evaluation.

Find respite providers in your area, along with additional information about Respite in Nebraska by using the Nebraska Resource and Referral System (NRRS).  

Below is a list of the respite coordinators in each area:Respite Map


Central Region - Lydia Hovie
626 N Street • POB 509 • Loup City, NE 68853
Phone: 308-745-0780 Ext. 145
Toll Free: 866-737-7483 Ext. 145
Email: lhovie@centralnebraskacap.com

Southeast Region - Mary Shada
1701 S. 17th Street, Ste 2D • Lincoln, NE 68502
Phone: 402-434-3494, Ext. 103
Toll Free: 866-737-7483
Email: mary@ywcalincoln.org

Eastern Region - Ellen Bennett          
985450 Nebraska Medical Center • Omaha, NE 68198-5450
Phone: 402-559-5732
Toll Free: 866-737-7483
Email: edbennett@unmc.edu

Southwest Region - Helena Janousek
404 W. 10th • McCook, NE 69001
Phone: 308-345-4990
Toll Free: 866-737-7483
Email: respite@swhealth.ne.gov

Northern Region - Peggy Jensen
626 N Street • POB 509 • Loup City, NE 68853
Phone: 308-745-0780 Ext. 145
Toll Free: 866-737-7483
Email: pjensen@centralnebraskacap.com

Western Region - Sherri Blome
300 Shelton Street • Chadron, NE 69337
Phone: 308-432-8190
Toll Free: 866-737-7483
Email: specialprojects@wchr.net

For more Respite information, please contact:

Sharon J. Johnson
DHHS – Children and Family Services
Lifespan Respite Subsidy and Disabled Persons & Family Support Program
P.O. Box 95026, Lincoln, NE  68509-5026
Phone: 402-471-1764
Toll Free: 844-807-1197
Email: sharon.j.johnson@nebraska.gov
Email: dhhs.respite@nebraska.gov
Websitehttp://dhhs.ne.gov/Pages/hcs_programs_lifespan-respite.aspx

You may also contact:
Linda Lehde
Social Services Worker for Lifespan Respite Subsidy Program
Phone: 402-471-9188
Email: linda.lehde@nebraska.gov

Also, search the Nebraska Resource and Referral System to find more respite services.

IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS:

Crisis Respite Application

Lifespan Respite Subsidy Program Application

Nebraska Lifespan Respite Network Brochure

Caregiver Coalition Brochure

Disabled Persons Family Support Brochure

 

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