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For Caregivers (Respite)

Respite Coordination for Children & Youth

Ages 17 and Under

If you reside in Montgomery County and are an unpaid, primary caregiver for a child with intellectual/developmental disabilities, challenging behaviors, or functional disabilities, and living in the same household, you may apply for respite coordination 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.


Click here to learn how a respite caregiver can (and cannot) support your family.


Currently, income eligibility requirements are being waived. These requirements may be reinstated, which could impact eligibility for respite coordination.

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.  


NOTE: Respite applications will not be processed for family members who receive state-funded, in-home supports. This includes services received through Community First Choice, REM, Community Pathways, Family Supports Waiver, Maryland Community Support, Autism Waiver, etc.


For more information, contact Respite at 301.984.5777 x1204.

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.