*NEW* Available ONLY from September 1st to March 31st of the 2020-2021 fiscal year.

The CSS Flexible Short-term RESPITE Fund is available through a one-time funding allocation from the South West LHIN for 2020/2021 and administered by Cheshire on behalf of the CSS sector. The South West CSS Support and Development Council is accountable for the allocation of funds including the review of all applications. This respite fund has been established to meet the needs of caregivers of individuals supported by LHIN-funded CSS programs who are experiencing stress and burnout during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

All other local and available resources must have been investigated and exhausted prior to applying to the CSS Flexible Short-Term Fund.

Interim support plans may provide resources for a period up to three (3) months, and in exceptional circumstances upon review, an additional extension of up to three (3) months may be granted. Any requests for extension require submission of a new application indicating request for extension.

Please note that applicants are required to submit data to Cheshire within 30 days of completing the respite care covered by the approved funds.

Detailed guidelines along with the process to access the RESPITE fund and the application form are included in the links below:

CSS Flexible Short-Term RESPITE Fund Guidelines 20_21

CSS Flexible Short-Term RESPITE Fund Application 20_21