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At POSS, we understand the unique challenges faced by families with developmentally disabled youth. We are proud to provide respite services that offer much-needed support and relief to both the youth and their caregivers. Our goal is to create a safe and nurturing environment where children and adolescents with developmental disabilities can thrive.

What are Respite Services?

Respite services are designed to give caregivers a break from their demanding responsibilities while ensuring that their loved ones receive the highest quality care. Our respite program specifically caters to developmentally disabled youth, offering a range of services tailored to their individual needs. These services are either delivered in home or in a community setting. Our respite services offer a wide range of age-appropriate activities that are not only fun but also promote personal growth, social interaction, and skill development. From arts and crafts to music therapy, outdoor adventures to sensory play, our programs are designed to stimulate and engage children of all abilities.

Types of Respite Services:

  • Agency Hired Respite (AHR): This service is provided to families who want a respite worker to provide social and recreational outlets to youth in or out of their homes in the community.
  • Agency After School Care (AAS): This service provides social and recreational experiences rather than educational/clinical programming to youth at the end of the school day in a group setting. This includes preschool-aged youth and youth attending Extended School Year programs.
  • Agency Weekend Recreation (AWR): This service provides. social and recreational experiences to youth out of their homes in a group setting, sometimes including a community outing component, Friday evening through Sunday.

Choosing respite services for your developmentally disabled youth can provide much-needed relief and support for both you and your child. At Progressive Option Support Services, we are committed to delivering exceptional care, promoting independence, and enhancing the overall well-being of every child in our program.

How to become enrolled in Respite Services?

Applications for eligibility for intellectual/developmental disability services for children under age 18 must be submitted to PerformCare. Once a youth is determined eligible for developmental disability services, they may be eligible for New Jersey Children’s System of Care (CSOC) supports such as Family Support Services (FSS) – Respite.

Let’s Get Started:
Please download all forms and complete by hand. Additional documentation and your child’s medical documentation will need to be included. Please read the instructions for each form carefully so your application is submitted properly the first time. Please be advised that it may take up to 60 days to receive a mailed approval letter or follow-up from the NJCSOC. For additional information about this process or to find out if your child is already enrolled in DD services,please call 1-877 652-7624 to speak with a representative about FSS – Respite or visit

Mailing Instructions:
Mail all completed Forms (A,B,C,D) to:
PerformCare New Jersey
Attention: DD Eligibility Unit
300 Horizon Drive, Suite 306
Robbinsville, NJ 08691

Online Form Submission:
Please be informed that this process can be done online as well through the NJ Children’System of Care portal:
Again, we encourage you to call to speak with a NJCSOC representative at 877-652-7624
with additional questions.