Short-term supervision, assistance, and
care provided to a person due to the temporary absence or
need for relief of the person's family, foster family, or
primary caregiver. Respite care may include day, overnight,
in-home, or out-of-town services.
To be eligible for Respite Care an individual
- Have a documented diagnosis of mental retardation or
a related condition.
- Live in an Intermediate Care Facility for Persons with
Mental Retardation (ICF/MR) or be assessed, through a county
screening process, to need the level of services provided
in an ICF/MR.
- Make an informed choice requested MR/RC waiver services
instead of ICF/MR services.
- Be eligible for Medical Assistance (MA) based only on his
or her income and assets, even though the applicant may
live with spouse or parents.
- Need a 24-hour plan of care and an individual service plan
assuring health and safety.
How to Apply
Contact the county social services agency where
the person with mental retardation or related conditions resides
and ask about semi-independent living services. The county can
assist applicants in the application process.
For requests for development of services, current
openings (service type, location) or more info please contact Tom or Audrey at