What is respite care?
Respite care is short-term care for children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder or developmental delays that provides relief to caregivers. Respite care providers typically undergo thorough background checks and trainings to best facilitate your child’s growth and development. Often, respite care centers work alongside families to develop personalized goals for your child. These may include: personal self-care, behavioral, socialization, self-advocacy, and community navigation/mobility skills.
Is there insurance coverage for respite care services?
According to the Illinois Department of Human Services, under Section 1915(c) respite care services may be provided to families with request and approval of a waiver from the Center of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as long as your family meets a series of requirements. For more information, see this link.
If you do not qualify for a Medicaid waiver, you may be eligible for other Illinois public funding. Here is a link to an Illinois public funding chart.
Arc Community Support Systems provides respite care services for individuals living in Clay, Crawford, Cumberland, Edwards, Effingham, Fayette, Jasper, Lawrence, Richland, Wayne and Wabash counties. Please see this brochure for more information.
What programs are available in my area?
Easterseals offers respite care services to ten families on a first come first serve basis for families living in Winnebago, Boone or Ogle Counties. Here is the link for more information.
The JCSF provides respite care services for children with intellectual/developmental disabilities. Here is the link with more information.
The Lifespan RespiteCare Program
The Arch National Respite Network and Resource Center along with the Illinois Repite Coalitiion may help to identify respite resources in your area. Here is their link.