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.
*NOTE: Effective, July 1, 2018, no new respite applications will be accepted 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.
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.
For more information, contact Respite at 301.984.5777 x1365.
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.