Respite Care Program - CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System

Skip to Content

Section Menu

Respite Care Program

A Time to Refresh, Restore, and Renew

The Respite Care Program provides the opportunity for families of children with special health care needs, developmental delays and other disabilities a brief time to break away to refresh, restore and renew. It is important to take care of the caregiver. The Respite Care Program does this for you through our many programs.

Who We Are

A program to promote socialization and support between families of children with special health care needs. CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System’s Respite Care Program is a non-profit, grant-funded program through the Department of Health and Human Services’ Children with Special Health Care Needs Program. This program is sponsored by CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System, Children’s Miracle Network and various community partners.

Counties Served

  • Anderson
  • Morris
  • Angelina
  • Nacogdoches
  • Camp
  • Panola
  • Cherokee
  • Rains
  • Delta
  • Smith
  • Franklin
  • Titus
  • Gregg
  • Upshur
  • Harrison
  • Van Zandt
  • Henderson
  • Wood
  • Marion

Saturday Center-base respite provided in Gregg County, Smith County and Wood County.

What We Offer

Six (6) hours of Saturday Center-based respite in three different locations each month. Center-based respite is a “Moms Day Out” style program. The children are provided arts/crafts, toys, games, technology, outdoor play, lunch and a snack. The Respite Care Program provides a chance for your special needs child to play with their peers as well as the many volunteers that are “buddies” for the day. Children are in a small classroom (5-7 children, maximum) with a teacher with specialized training for children with special needs. There is an RN/LVN on site at all times to meet the medication and treatment needs of the children attending.

Locations

Boys & Girls Club, Gregg County Annex Building
610 Garfield Street
Longview, Texas 75602

First Baptist Church
210 Forest Street
Hawkings, Texas 75765

Andrew Center TLC Building
1722 West Front Street
Tyler, Texas 75701

24-48 Hours of In-Home Respite

The Respite Care Program pays for an Independent Contractor to provide respite services in the home. This program is intended to serve those families that do not have access to in-home respite through other state programs or waivers.

Moms Offering Moms Support Group

Moms Offering Moms Support Group provides support, encouragement, resources and information in an informal, fun and relaxed atmosphere.

Dads Support Group

Dads Support Group is for fathers, grandfathers and male caretakers of children with disabilities. It consists of guys hanging out together over a restaurant meal provided by a community partner that offers a masculine approach to the challenges of fathering special needs children.

Eligibility Requirements

In order to participate in the Respite Care Program, children must meet the first requirement and then any of the following requirements:

  • Children between the ages of 3 months and 18 years. The age may exceed 18 years until their 21st birthday or the end of the current school year when the child is actively enrolled in a public school program.
  • Reside in a home with family or guardian
  • Requires care above and beyond what is standard for a child of that age
  • Has a disability or chronic condition causing mental or physical impairment
  • Free from communicable disease
  • Living at home a minimum of two weeks following any hospital stay
  • Medically stable
  • Anyone with cystic fibrosis

Services Access

  • Eligible families must complete a registration application packet. (Click here for application)
  • Families receiving respite services from other state/local agency are encouraged to use those resources first

The Respite Care Program does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin (including limited English proficiency), religion, disability, age, sex or the inability to pay.

For more information please contact:
Teri Heller
Project Manager
Respite Care
903-606-6255
Theresa.Heller@christushealth.org


Additional Resources

Andrew Center Behavioral Mental Health Care Services Department of Health Human Services
www.andrewscenter.com
www.hhs.gov

ARC of Smith County Disability * Gov
www.arcofsmithcounty.org www.disability.gov/education/student_resources/self-advocacy

ARC of Gregg County East Texas Down Syndrome
www.arcofgreggcounty.org
www.etdsg.org

Children with Special Health Care Needs Program Individualized Disability Education Act
www.dshs.state.tx.us/cshcn
www.idea.ed.gov

Department of Aging and Disability National Autism Association
www.dads.state.tx.us
www.nationalautismassociation.org

Department of Rehabilitation Autism Response Team
www.dars.state.tx.us
www.autismresponse.com

Department of State Health Services Texas Parent 2 Parent
www.dshs.state.tx.us
www.txp2p.org

Texas Special Education Texas Talking Books Program
Ritter.tea.state.tx.us
www.tsl.state.tx.us/tbp

Texas Summer Camps
www.texas-summer-camps.com

Donate Today

Your donation to CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System matters to the lives and wellness of patients, families and visitors.