The Arc of Southern Maryland’s Respite Care Program provides individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities with short term, temporary care options.
How does the Respite Care Program work?
The first step will be the completion of an application (available from The Arc office) that consists of the following:
Complete Registration Form and Service Plan
A Statement of Disability Form must be completed by a physician, school official or a Health
NOTE: *If a statement of medical or psychological evaluation is supplied you may bypass the disability form.
Second Step: The DHR Respite Coordinator (RC) - reviews applications/documentation and determines eligibility for services. If they are eligible or ineligible for services the RC will send them a letter. If eligible, in the letter, the RC will inform them of their reimbursement rate and send them a respite voucher(s).
Third Step: Individuals/families submit respite vouchers signed by the respite worker to the RC. The RC then processes the voucher for payment. It should be noted that a family member (who is not a parent or spouse) can provide respite services and be reimbursed based on a fee scale.
An individual is eligible for Respite Services if they have a disability meeting the following definition: "Developmental Disability" means a severe chronic disability of an individual that (1) is attributable to a physical or mental impairment, other than the sole diagnosis of mental illness or a combination of mental and physical impairments; (2) is manifested before the person becomes 22 years old; (3) is likely to continue indefinitely; (4) results in the inability to live independently without external support or continuing and regular assistance; and (5) reflects the need for a combination and sequence of special interdisciplinary or generic care, treatment or other services which are individually planned and coordinated.
Prioritization of Services
Services are provided on a first-come, first-serve basis, funds permitting. Respite services funded by DHR are only available for families and individuals living in Calvert and Charles County. For families seeking alternative resources please contact Andrea Johnson, Family Services Coordinator.
Respite Contact information:
Joyce Fenwick, Respite Coordinator:
301-475-5652, Ext. 101 or Jfenwick@arcsomd.org