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Collaborative for Children
3800 Buffalo Speedway Suite 300
Houston, TX 77098

  • Zip code-based referral service for respite childcare and parenting programs

Memorial Hermann Respite House
6411 Fannin
Houston, TX 77030
Marilyn Jansen 713-704-2394

Hospital-based program providing short-term respite care for families with children who are clinically stable but require constant nursing care

  • Offered on a weekend basis, one four-day weekend a month, weekly during school breaks, and one week each month during summer months

Parents’ Night Out Program
Houston Area Respite Center
6856 Bellaire Blvd
Houston, TX 77074

  • Respite for children with special needs, ages 3-21, siblings included

  • Friday evenings, 6:30-10:30

  • Requires pre-registration, $10.00 fee, partial scholarships

  • Includes games, crafts, movies, music

Special Kids’ Night Out
Lake Houston YMCA
2420 West Lake Houston Parkway
Kingwood, TX 77339

  • Includes games, crafts, movies, music

  • For children with disabilities, ages 5 and older, siblings included

  • Saturdays, 6:30-10:00, one Saturday a month

  • Pre-registration requested.

  • $8 member, $12-non-member, $2 sibling

  • Each child is paired with a volunteer buddy and participates in arts & crafts, dancing, gym games, etc.

The Arc of Greater Houston – Saturday Fun Day
3737 Dacoma Street, Suite E
Houston, TX 77092
Bethanne Franco: 713-957-1600 or

Membership not required for service, however services are more expensive without membership.

  • Out-of-home program for individuals, ages 4 to 25, with a diagnosis of mental retardation and or autism and other autistic spectrum disorders

  • Provides games, sports, computer learning, songs and other recreational activities

  • Community-wide field trips

     - Central Houston (ages 4-14) – Two Saturdays/month, 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

     - Cy-Fair (ages 8-18) – Two Saturdays/month, 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

     - Kingwood (ages 15-25) – One Saturday/month, 10:00 – 4 p.m.

The Open Door
Sugar Creek Baptist Church
13333 Southwest Freeway, Suite 200
Sugarland, TX 77478
Barbara Waldhuber: 281-274-7431

  • Respite services for children with special needs, ages 4-14.

  • Break-Out – Parent Night Out on the third Friday every month. Slot must be reserved. $5 fee, siblings free. During the summer there is free a vacation bible school especially for children with special needs.

  • A Day to Remember – A day camp every Thursday from 9 am to 2 pm; $15 fee for the day.

UCP of Greater Houston, Inc.
4500 Bissonnet, Suite 340
Bellaire, TX 77401
713-838-9050 ext. 332
Shannon Tipton: Respite services for children under 3y/o
Sylvia Smith: Respite services for children 3y/o and older

  • Provides a wide variety of respite care services for children and adults with cerebral palsy and other developmental disabilities.

  • In-Home - Providers who are selected by the parents care for the child in the home. A Parent Voucher program allows parents to use independent providers of their own choosing, someone they know and trust to be with their child.

  • Family Day Out - Provides a Saturday program of supervised fun activities for children and their siblings to allow parents a total day of rest. Staffed by a nurse and a center director. Two Saturdays each month in three outreach locations. Sliding fee.

  • Respitality Min-Vacations - Provides free overnight accommodations at hotels in the Houston area.

UCP Montgomery County Respite Program
731 W. Davis
Conroe, TX 77301
Rebecca Snyder: 936-441-0789 ext. 472
Toll free: 888-825-9682 ext. 472

  • In-Home - Respite service in the family's home by paid caregivers chosen by the family to care for child with special needs. Vouchers reimburse the family to subsidize the cost of respite.

  • Family Day Out - Respite in a center-based setting held on monthly Saturdays. Siblings are welcome. Age: 3-15 Hours: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

  • Family-Support/Counseling - Professional Counselor available to help families to resolve family/personal issue during times of crisis/stress.

  • Respitality Mini-Vacations - Overnight hotel stays donated by local hotels giving parents a 24-hour respite break.

Funding sources for respite services

Community Living Assistance and Support Services (CLASS)
Wait List: 877-438-5658

  • A Medicaid waiver program that provides home and community services to individuals of all ages, including respite for individuals with disabilities other than the primary diagnosis of mental retardation

  • Wait list: 10 years; program is not state-wide

  • Eligibility: Must have Medicaid or be SSI eligible, must be disabled prior to age 22 and demonstrate need for on-going habilitative services and case management.

Home and Community-Based Services Program (HCS)
Main Intake (Harris County): 713-970-7070
Automated line; leave name and # and a representative will call you back: 713-970-7799

Gulf Coast Center (Galveston and Brazoria Counties) – MR Division 1-888-839-7512
Texana MHMRA (Ft. Bend County) – 281-342-0090
Tri-County MHMRA (Montgomery County) – 936-756-8331

  • A Medicaid waiver program that helps individuals with mental retardation and related diagnoses return to or remain in their family homes in the community by providing individualized services including respite, nursing, adaptive aides, day habilitation, therapy, and more.

  • Wait list: 8-10 years

In-Home and Family Support (IHFS)
Program funded by grants annually with a cap of $1200 per year per child

Mental Health and Mental Retardation Authority of Harris County (MHMRA)
Janice Baines, Program Director: 713-970-3985
713-970-7799 – Recorded message to leave name and phone # for wait list/application

  • Provides financial assistance to children with diagnoses of mental retardation, autism, or Down Syndrome and children under age 4 with physical disabilities, with or without developmental delay

  • After age 4

A Medicaid waiver program is based only on the child’s income and the child’s disability must meet SSI disability criteria.