A program is operated by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services Developmental Disabilities Services (OKDHS/DDS) for which you or a loved one may currently be eligible. The DDS Respite Voucher Program provides financial assistance to caregivers in the form of vouchers that can be used to pay for respite care so the caregiver can take a break. For the purpose of this benefit, a caregiver is defined as the person who is providing ongoing, full-time care for a loved-one with a developmental disability, to whom we refer as the care recipient. The caregiver can be a parent, grandparent, spouse or adult child/grandchild. Respite is defined as temporary relief for the caregivers.
Respite vouchers may be issued for caregivers of a care recipient who:
- does not receive services through a Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Waiver;
- does not live in an assisted living facility;
- does not live independently;
- does not receive Advantage Waiver services;
- is not in OKDHS custody;
- does not receive state funded services such as:
- Sheltered Workshop;
- Community Integrated Employment; or
- Adult Day; and
- does not reside in a drug or alcohol treatment facility.
The voucher applicant is the Caregiver and:
- must be an Oklahoma resident;
- must reside with and provide full-time care for an eligible care recipient;
- does not receive the Family Support Assistance Payment on behalf of an eligible care recipient;
- does not receive respite services funded through any other program or service on behalf of an eligible care recipient;
- does not receive a foster care payment on behalf of an eligible care recipient;
- does not receive an OKDHS Child Care Subsidy on behalf of an eligible care recipient; and
- must have an adjusted gross income of $75,000 or less.
Caregivers are responsible for:
- interviewing and selecting the respite provider;
- setting an hourly rate;
- training the provider;
- ensuring proper payment for services; and
- tracking the number of respite hours used and total amount claimed against the voucher.
Respite voucher applications are valid for the state fiscal year (July 1-June 30). When an application for a respite voucher is approved, a respite voucher is issued to the caregiver applicant for use from the date of issuance and is valid for 90 days. Authorization is subject to the continued availability of funding.