Respite Care for Children & Youth
Age 17 and Under
If you reside in Montgomery County and are an unpaid, live-in, primary caregiver for a child with intellectual/developmental disabilities, challenging behaviors, or functional disabilities, you may apply for respite care from The Arc Montgomery County.
Our respite program can provide short-term relief for a few hours, a day, a weekend, or sometimes longer. However, respite care is not a substitute for ongoing child care, school or alternative child care. It's just a way to support families who take care of their loved ones at home. Families can choose from many respite care venues, including the family home, community and recreational programs, camps, and approved respite facilities.
Respite is an income-based program that may provide a full or partial subsidy to pay a Respite Care Provider (RCP), but it is not an entitlement. Eligibility for a respite care subsidy is based on income and the Maryland Respite Care Services Fee Scale. The subsidy rate for respite care for children and youth age 17 and under is based on the household income, less approved out-of-pocket expenses.
Eligibility for a subsidy does not guarantee funds for each respite occasion requested. There is limited funding for respite care and our goal is to assist as many families as possible each month. Even if a family doesn't qualify for a subsidy, they are provided with referrals to screened, trained and qualified respite care providers and information about additional community resources.
To apply for respite, complete the application and submit it by mail or secure (password protected) email to our office. Please include all supporting documents as required.
Respite Application for Children (age 17 and under)
As stated in the respite application, changes to the respite program may occur based upon state, county and provider agency regulations and recommendations. Effective, July 1, 2017 the following changes will be implemented to The Arc Montgomery County respite program.
In order to ensure that respite funding is available to eligible residents and families who have no or minimal services, limits will be placed on the number of respite hours available.
Individuals receiving any combined county, state or federal services/supports of 40 hours or less per week will be eligible for a maximum of 140 hours of approved respite services per fiscal year, upon application approval. Delivery of approved in-home respite services is restricted to a maximum of 40 hours per month.
Individuals receiving any combined county, state or federal services/supports of over 40 hours per week will be eligible for a maximum of 48 hours of approved respite services per fiscal year, upon application approval.
The maximum number of respite hours which will be approved, per person, for FY 2018 is 140 hours, contingent on the availability of funds.
Respite hours can no longer be used for camp subsidies for adults (age 18 and older) who receive Medicaid Waiver funding for vocational or day services.
A revised Respite Application for Children will be available soon; until then, the current application will be accepted. Click here to continue to the current Respite Application for Children (age 17 and under).
For more information, contact Respite at 301.816.9647 or 301.984.5777.
Respite is funded primarily through a contract with the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services. Changes to the respite program may occur based upon state, county and provider agency regulations and recommendations.