The Respite Care Program provides families a flexible, short-term break from their caregiving for a child or adult diagnosed with a developmental delay or disability. Respite care can be provided in the home or other community location.

We contract with respite providers who go through a series of background checks and training to provide safe, quality support while primary caregivers have the opportunity to take time for themselves.

You are eligible for Respite Services if your loved one is:

  • A child age 0 through 3 years utilizing Early intervention Services with Respite identified as a service in their Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP)
  • A child or young adult age 3 through 21 years who has been determined eligible and/or has received Early Intervention Services and has met the established condition or developmental delay eligibility criteria under the FIT Program.
  • Aged 3 – 21 and determined  developmentally disabled in accordance with DDSD Policy, and/or determined developmentally delayed or developmentally disabled by the Public School system. Those ages 3-21 who were formerly eligible for services through the FIT program under the medical, biological, or environmental risk categories/definitions must 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 to be eligible for respite.

For additional information:

Contact Respite and Family Living Services Program Manager, Janene Gray


(505) 404-8502

Abrazos’ Respite Care Program provides caregivers with a short break.

You can go to www.nmhealth.org 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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