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RESPITE, contracts, civil law. An act by which a debtor who is unable to satisfy his debts at the moment, transacts (i. e. compromises) with his creditors, and obtains from them time or delay for the payment of the sums which he owes to them. Louis. Code, 3051.
     2. The respite is either voluntary or forced; it is voluntary when all the creditors consent to the proposal, which the debtor makes to pay in a limited time the whole or a part of his debt; it is forced when a part of the creditors refuse to accept the debtor's proposal, and when the latter is obliged to compel them by judicial authority, to consent to what the others have determined in the cases directed by law. Id. 3052; Poth. Proced. Civ. 5eme partie, ch. 3.
     3. In Pennsylvania, there is a provision in the insolvent act of June 16, 1836, s. 41, somewhat similar to involuntary respite. It is enacted, that whenever a majority in number and value of the creditors of any insolvent, as aforesaid, residing within the United States, or having a known attorney therein, shall consent in writing thereto, it shall be lawful for the court by whom such insolvent shall have been discharged, upon the application of such debtor, and notice given thereof, in the manner hereinbefore provided for giving notice of his original petition, to make an order that the estate and effects which such insolvent may afterwards acquire, shall be exempted for the term of seven years thereafter from execution, for any debt contracted, or cause of action existing previously to such discharge, and if after such order and consent, any execution shall be issued for such debt or cause of action, it shall be the duty, of any judge of the court from which such execution issued, to set aside the same with costs.
     4. Respite also signifies a delay, forbearance or continuation of time.

RESPITE, crim. law. A suspension of a sentence, which is to be executed at a future time. It differs from a pardon, which is in abolition of the crime. See Abolition; Pardon.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Fisher spoke July 13 to 45 people gathered at the Central Massachusetts Recovery Learning Community, 91 Stafford St., about the need for peer-run crisis respites in Massachusetts, which he said could divert 70 percent of patients from traditional psychiatric settings.
"It's the relationship that creates safety." Because of that, he said, the peer-run respites would not need to be regulated.
He would like to open a three-bed peer-run crisis respite next year in Massachusetts - and "there is a distinct possibility that Worcester might be the first place." He based that on the reception he got at the Recovery Learning Community from consumers attending from Leominster and Boston, and officials such as the head of The Bridge and a member of the Department of Mental Health Central Massachusetts Area Board.
Staff at a peer-run respite cannot prescribe or handle drugs, so patients are given a lock box and expected to handle their own medications, said Dr.
Fisher said there are only 20 peer-run crisis respite beds in seven states, but the model has the potential to get people with psychiatric illness better for less money.
It showed greater improvement in several areas of psychopathology in randomly selected participants at a peer-run crisis respite program, compared to participants in a locked inpatient psychiatric facility, as measured both by interviewers and study participants.
Fisher has an intermediate goal of the six three-bed facilities across the state, he said ideally 720 peer-run respite beds would divert 60 percent to 70 percent of patients from traditional psychiatric facilities, by conservative estimate.
Later this month, two deputy commissioners are scheduled to visit Stepping Stone, a two-bed peer-run crisis respite that serves the entire state of New Hampshire from Claremont.
The key at Stepping Stone, which became a respite crisis center in 1997, is meeting with potential guests before they are in crisis, according to executive director Jude Dolan.
Peer-run crisis respite is one choice available to consumers, she said, just as patients with a back problem can choose a chiropractor, an orthopedist, or a physical therapist.