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Respite

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Respite is a flexible family support service that provides short term, temporary care to children or adults with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities (IDD) that allows families to take a break from daily care giving. Respite care providers assist the individual in activities of daily living, promote the individual’s health and safety, as well as provide opportunities for community integration and involvement and leisure, play and other recreational activities. Families and providers make the decision about where the respite will be provided, which can include:

  • The individual’s/family’s home
  • The respite care provider’s home
  • A community setting of the family’s choice (e.g. community center, swimming pool, park, etc.)
  • A center based setting, such as a respite home (see Out of Home Respite below)

Who is Eligible?

Respite is available to families of both children and adults with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities (IDD) who are not enrolled on one of the Medicaid waivers (Developmental Disabilities, Mi Via, Medically Fragile).

  • A child birth through 3 years must be eligible for the Family Infant Toddler (FIT) Program - Early Intervention Services and have Respite identified as a service in the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP).
  • A child age 3 through 21 years must meet one of the following:
    • Have been previously eligible under the established condition or the developmental delay eligibility criteria under the Family Infant Toddler Program (age 3 through 5 only); or
    • Be eligible for Special Education under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part B, administered by the Public Education Department (PED) under one of the following categories: i) Autism; ii) Developmental Delay (age 3 through 9 only); iii) Intellectual Disability; iv) Multiple Disabilities; and v) Traumatic Brain Injury; or
    • Be determined to meet the definition of developmental disability in accordance with DDSD Policy and on the Developmental Disabilities Central Registry (waiting list).
  • An adult age 22 or older must have been determined to have Intellectual/Developmental Disability in accordance with DDSD Policy and be on the Developmental Disabilities (DD) Central Registry (waiting list).

Finding a Provider

Please see our Respite Provider List and contact the provider that serves the county where you live to see if your child and family is eligible and whether they have respite slots available at that time. If you have any questions of concerns, please email Juanita Salas or call (505) 553-0117.

Respite Data

  • The SFY17 budget for respite service is approximately $1.5 million in State General Funds.
  • Approximately 700 children and adults with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities and their families were served in Fiscal Year 2016 (July 2015 – June 2016).

Out-of-Home Respite Services

While several agencies provide respite in the provider’s home, DDSD also funds short term respite in a home in Albuquerque. The respite home allows for parents to get a break for a few days where individuals with IDD can enjoy some independence and may develop new relationships. To find out more, send email to Alta Mira or call 505-262-0801.


Medicaid Centennial Care

A child with Intellectual/Developmental Disability who is eligible for Medicaid may be able receive respite services through the Medicaid Centennial Care community benefit. Contact a care coordinator at your managed Care Organization (MCO) to learn more. Please see the Care Coordination Frequently Asked Questions document for details.

For Providers

DDSD has Provider Agreements with fourteen respite provider agencies. Please see our Respite Provider List for more details. The following are forms and information for respite providers.