Respite Care

The Respite Care Program provides a flexible, short-term break for caregivers


The Respite Care Program is a service to families who are in need of a flexible, short break from their natural care-giving duties of a child or an adult who is diagnosed with a developmental delay or disability. We provide the care either in the home or other community location.

We contract with providers who go through a series of background checks and training to provide quality and safe care for the individual, while the caregiver has the opportunity to take time for themselves.

For additional information email: [email protected] or call Erika Aceto-Tode at 505-404-8502.


You are eligible for Respite Services if you are:

  • A child age 0 through 3 years must be eligible for Early intervention
    Services and have Respite identified as a service in the
    Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP)
  • A child age 3 years through 21 must have been determined eligible,
    and/or have received Early Intervention Services, and met
    the established condition or the developmental delay eligibility
    criteria under the FIT Program. A child may also be determined
    eligible by being developmentally disabled in accordance with
    DDSD Policy, and/or have been determined developmentally
    delayed or developmentally disabled by the Public School system.
    Children ages 3-21 who were formerly eligible for services
    through the FIT program under the medical, biological or
    environmental risk categories/definitions will need to meet Public
    Education Department (PED) special education requirements
    and be eligible for special education services in the preschool to
    high school grades in order to receive respite services.
  • An adult age 22 or older must have been determined developmentally
    disabled in accordance with DDSD Policy

For additional information on Respite:

You can go to for more information on local respite providers or call 1-877-696-1472 to reach the New Mexico Developmental Disabilities Supports Division.

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