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Spending time away from a loved one with an intellectual or developmental disability (IDD) is not always easy. Knowing that you can leave your family member with caring and dedicated professionals in a safe and friendly environment can give you peace of mind.

What is Residential Respite?

Our respite program provides respite services in a location that is part of the residential program. It can be provided, during the day, evenings or overnight. Respite is an “indirect” service that provides relief to individuals who are responsible for the primary care and support of an individual with a developmental disability. When a family member, Family Care provider or live-in/house-parent staff person has to deal with such things as illness, emergency, and caregiver or staff vacation, respite services can ensure that their loved one’s needs are met.

Who is Eligible for Residential Respite Services? How Can I Become Eligible?

The person’s Care Coordinator/Manager will complete paperwork and submit it to the DDRO. The DDRO shall authorize units of Respite based upon a needs-based assessment of the individual. Authorized Respite units may be used for any of the following categories of Respite: Site-Based, Recreational, In-Home, and Camp Respite. It is the responsibility of the provider to ensure that the appropriate category of Respite is billed for the Respite service delivered.

What Supports are Offered Through the Residential Respite Services?

  • Non-Overnight Respite: Non-overnight Respite services are those an individual receives for a portion of the day but not overnight.
  • Overnight Respite: Overnight Respite is defined as Respite services provided to a person on two (2) consecutive days when Respite staff are providing oversight to a person during nighttime hours.
  • Intensive Respite: These are services that can be provided to individuals with high behavioral or medical needs in a Respite setting.

For more information contact Maria Carmela Melendez at (516) 293-2016 Ext. 5615


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