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