respite care

Providing care and support

The Respite program provides short-term temporary care for the caregiver of a child with special needs, offering a break and helping reduce stress for both the parent and the child.

The Respite program also provides training about the needs and concerns of families for respite care community workers.

Since 2002, the Mental Health Association of Maryland has partnered with Villa Maria, MENTOR, and Associated Catholic Charities, under the leadership of the Core Service Agencies of Harford, Baltimore, and Cecil Counties, to provide respite care for families of children with emotional disorders.

The Mental Health Association surveys families who are receiving respite care to determine their satisfaction with the service. The overwhelming response has been positive.

“My son and his respite worker really connected. This is the best program ever.”

“Respite gives me a break for a few hours.”

“Respite has an impact on the whole family.”

“Respite offers a very needed break—and it has helped with my son’s behavior.”


We provide a Respite training manual and a copy of “Coping at Home with Children with Emotional Disorders” for all respite workers and families who are receiving respite care.

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