Respite

Our Respite services give parents and care-givers a much-needed break. Whether you need to work, run errands, or just relax, we can provide safe supervision and a variety of social and recreational experiences to children and adults with disabilities.

What types of respite are available?

  • Site-Based Respite – Madison and Onondaga Counties
    Site-Based Respite offers both after-school and school break programming. Our inclusive After-School Program runs throughout the school year, providing childcare for eligible children and their siblings from 2 pm to 6 pm. During school breaks and holidays, School Break Recreation offers similar programming from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm. Services are provided in Madison County at the ARISE respite center in Chittenango, and services are provided in Onondaga County at the main office at 635 James St., Syracuse.
  • In-Home Respite – Cayuga, Madison Onondaga and Oswego Counties
    In-Home Respite is available in Cayuga, Madison, Onondaga and Oswego Counties to people with developmental disabilities. Participants need to be at least school-age and live with family. Services are offered in the participant’s home, and can include time in the evenings and on weekends so caregivers can run errands, enjoy an evening out, or relax.

What activities are offered at Site-Based Respite?

We offer a variety of recreation options that encourage physical and social development. Activities include:

  • Games and toys
  • Music and movies
  • Reading
  • Arts and crafts
  • Accessible outdoor play
  • Seasonal activities like decorating gingerbread houses, Halloween parties, and ice cream socials

Am I eligible?

Cayuga County

  • Be a resident of Cayuga County
  • Be school-aged
  • Be approved for the Medicaid Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Waiver
  • Receive approval from the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD)

Onondaga County

  • Be a resident of Onondaga County
  • Be school-aged
  • Be approved for the Medicaid Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Waiver
  • Receive approval from the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD)

Oswego County

  • Be a resident of Oswego County
  • Be approved for the Medicaid Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Waiver
  • Receive approval from the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD)

Madison County

  • Be a resident of Madison County
  • Be school-aged
  • Be approved for the Medicaid Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Waiver
  • Receive approval from the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD)

If you are unsure you meet eligibility requirements or if you would like to learn more, please give us a call.