OUR RESPITE PROGRAM

Foundations Short-term Respite Program supports people aged 18 and over who are anticipating or experiencing a mental health situation by providing a free-of-charge, voluntary stay in a home-like setting that is supportive, comfortable, and safe.

Guests stay in Respite purely by personal choice and not through any “forced treatment” by Foundations. Respite provides an innovative and unique alternative service to the more traditional emergency room and inpatient care when the provider deems emergency care unnecessary; however, the guest can still utilize traditional care in addition to Respite as a complimentary service. Additionally, the guest may still need help coping.

Respite offers 24/7 support by trained Peer Support Specialists and/or volunteers. (all of which are individuals with lived experience of mental health and/or SUD conditions.

Our Goals

We started this program so that MH/SUD consumers like ourselves could have an alternative to unnecessary hospitalizations. The average stay in respite is three to seven days and nights. Sometimes we allow for an extended stay, but we generally like to get you back home as soon as you are ready.

You may be a consumer considering whether or not this program will work for you. You are likely going through a really tough time in your life. You may be experiencing new symptoms or side effects from a new medication. You may be grieving, lonely, or having thoughts or ideas that make you fearful. We are here to help.

You may be a professional considering making a referral to the program. Our Respite brochure should answer some questions.

Our goal is to work with you and any other treatment team members involved to ensure continuity of care. We are NOT professionals, but we have both training and experience.

You may be a family member or close friend wondering how you fit into the picture while your loved one is in Respite. You may want to stay in contact through telephone calls or even a personal visit. We encourage such contact, but we ask that you work with us as we all determine how many contacts would be beneficial.
We believe that recovery is a journey, and folks come to Foundations Respite needing to be relieved of everyday stressors for a little while. We hope that our guests leave more relaxed and better able to cope. If you are a provider for someone in respite and want to connect with your participant, please call and let us know you are coming. 

Eligibility Requirements

  • STARK COUNTY RESIDENT
  • 18 YEARS OR OLDER
  • ALCOHOL AND DRUG FREE AT TIME OF ADMISSION
  • NO SEVERE PHYSICAL OR MEDICAL CONDITIONS
  • NEED FOR ADMISSION, AFTER REFERRAL BY A SERVICE PROVIDER
  • IF ON MEDICATIONS, GUEST IS RESPONSIBLE FOR TAKING, AND TAKEN AS PRESCRIBED

Guidelines For Referrals

Guidelines For Referrals

  • The client referred must not be in a crisis situation.
  • The client must be able to care for themselves physically.
  • The client should be aware of the Respite Rules and be willing to respect them.
  • The client should pack lightly and leave valuables such as cell phones, jewelry and money at home.
  • The client must not be making threats to harm themselves or others, or currently self-injuring.
  • The client must bring all medications in their original containers, but only enough for 5 to 7 days.
  • The client must be a Stark County resident, be 18 years of age or older, and have a current, permanent residence (not considered a shelter).

This is a voluntary program, so the client should understand that they may leave at any time. Because this is a voluntary program, we also have the right to ask them to leave the Respite if it is determined that Respite is not a good fit for them at this time. Examples could be refusing to take medication as prescribed, or leaving the Respite without accompaniment.