Compliance Hotline: 1.800.324.5794

What are Respite Services?

We know that caring for individuals with special needs can be both emotionally and physically challenging. Respite services can help. Respite is a temporary relief for primary caregivers. The Respite program aims to give relief to those caregivers of children and adults with behavioral challenges. Sometimes we all need a break; time to relax and reconnect with others. Respite Services gives you this break while making sure your loved one's needs are met in a safe and caring environment. There are two types of services, in-home and out-of home.

In-home services:
Services are provided inside your own home and the community. A direct service provider will supervise and interact with your family member while you are able to take a break. You do not need to be present in the home during this time. Authorization time is 40 hours for a 6 month period.

Out-of-home services:
Services typically occur during overnights or weekends, but may be scheduled for any time. The service is provided in the home of a qualified provider. Typical authorization is for 12 days, over a 6 month period.

Contracted Providers

Chester County Intermediate Unit (Lancaster and Lebanon counties - in home only)

Community Services Group (all 5 counties - in home and out of home)

Laurel Life (Cumberland and Perry counties - in home only)

MedStaffers (all 5 counties - in home only)

Pennsylvania Comprehensive Behavioral Health (BCBH) (Lancaster County - in home only)

Pennsylvania Counseling Services (Lancaster, Lebanon and Dauphin Counties - in home only)

TW Ponessa (all 5 counties - in home only)

Youth Advocate Programs (all 5 counties - in home only)

We also offer a Friends and Family provider option. If you have a family member or friend who would be interested in providing the respite for your family, we also contract with individuals to provide respite services. Please contact the office for more information and requirements.

Respite Forms
Who is Eligible for Respite Services?

Respite services are available to PerformCare members who have a mental health diagnosis, authorized for a PerformCare community-based service, and living in Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, or Perry counties.

Other Respite Resources

Cumberland Perry Respite: offering out of home and Friday evening group respites. 

Firely Pediatric Services: respite for medically fragile children.  Informational Brochure