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Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) Respite Care Program

Caregivers of family members with special needs often experience increasing care issues and stress in addition to balancing the needs of other family members. Respite Care offers caregivers with an opportunity to take some time just for themselves to support their overall health and well-being.


How does the DDD Respite Care Program work?

For an eligible child or adult, a family may receive authorization to receive up to $600.00 of Respite Care services; with $200.00 for each additional eligible child or adult, up to a maximum of $1000.00 per family, per year (June 1-May 31). The family selects a provider and uses a Request For Payment form to purchase Respite Care Services. The provider receives reimbursement by submitting a Request For Payment form to the Department of Human Services Respite Care Program.


Who is eligible for the Respite Care Program?

Any family with a child or an adult family member who has a developmental disability, a developmental delay (children only), a serious emotional disturbance, a severe and persistent mental illness, a chronic medical condition (children only), a traumatic brain injury, or a child whom they have adopted.

  • Respite care is available to eligible families regardless of income.
  • There is no age limit, however, the child or adult must live with a parent or family member.
  • The child or adult's diagnosis and source of the diagnosis must be noted on the application form and documentation of the diagnosis must accompany the application form.

A copy of any document containing the diagnosis and name of the physician or psychologist issuing the diagnosis should be sufficient for children or adults with a developmental disability, developmental delay, or chronic medical condition.  If the child has a serious emotional disturbance or the adult has a severe and persistent mental illness, a summary evaluation form available from the Department of Human Services should be completed and returned with the application.

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How do I apply for the Division of Developmental Disabilities Respite Care Program?

Complete the application and return it to the Respite Care Program located at:
3800 East Hwy 34 – Hillsview Plaza, c/o 500 East Capitol
Pierre, SD 57501

What number do I call for more information about the DDD Respite Care Program?
Call: 1-800-265-9684