About the Respite Program

The Autism Project is committed to providing support to families raising children with special health care needs. Caring for a child or youth with ASD, a developmental disability, or who is medically fragile can be stressful and overwhelming at times. Having the ability to take a brief break from responsibilities is important. The Respite Program gives parents or guardians a break from caregiving to recharge.

Who is eligible?

To qualify, the parent or guardian must be caring for a child or youth with special healthcare needs who:

  • lives in the state of Rhode Island
  • is under the age of 21 and living at home,
  • is Medicaid-eligible, and
  • meets specific criteria for levels of care.

How do I apply for Respite Services?

  • Families enrolled in Medicaid, RIteCare or RIteShare (Neighborhood Health Plan, United Healthcare, or Tufts Health Plan) can contact The Autism Project directly to apply.
  • Families who have a child who has Katie Beckett may contact Executive Office of Human Health Services (EOHHS).


Wondering if your child is eligible for Medicaid?

Download The Autism Project's brief summary of pathways to eligibility.