DDA Funded Respite Care
For those individuals that are receiving DDA (Developmental Disabilities Administration) funding through a Service Funding Plan, respite supports can be part of the plan. If it’s not in the current plan, your service coordinator can submit a “Request for Service Change” to DDA to request that respite be added. The specific number of days and types of respite support are driven by an individual and family’s needs. Because DDA funds are subject to federal waiver regulations, there may be limitations on who can be paid to provide the service. Ask your service coordinator for more information about DDA-funded respite supports or contact our Outreach & Family Services Division at 410-296-7667.
DHR Funded Respite Care
For those not currently receiving respite through a DDA-funded plan, The Arc Baltimore’s Respite Care Program (funded by The Department of Human Resources) can provide financial assistance for occasional, short-term temporary physical and emotional relief to families caring for children or adults with developmental disabilities living in their home. It is an income-based program.
Respite Care allows family members the opportunity to enjoy a break from their care giving duties, but may also be used for personal situations such as hospitalization, appointments, etc. This program’s supports are flexible and are typically coordinated between the family and the chosen caregiver, although The Arc can assist in identifying experienced providers if you should require one.
Depending on the availability of funds, a family may be eligible for up to 7 days or 70 hours of respite each year. We ask that you try to call a month in advance to schedule respite services.
For more information, contact Outreach and Family Services at 410-296-7667.