Overnight Planned Respite: Changes for 2021

Community-based short-term respite for adults with developmental disabilities who live in the family home.

Update for January 2021
Two Locations Restored: Olympia and Vancouver

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Overnight Planned Respite is a community-based service for adult clients of the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) who live with their primary caregiver. It offers a break to a paid or unpaid primary caregiver, and provides individualized activities and support for the adult client.

Services are Provided in a Community Setting, such as a home or duplex staffed by contracted, certified providers. Each respite setting serves one person at a time, using a person-centered plan developed with the individual and family or primary caregiver to create a schedule and activities that meet the person’s needs.

Respite Settings are Currently Located in 7 areas of the state: Bellingham, Lynnwood, Olympia, Shoreline, Spokane, Tacoma and Vancouver.

Map of Washington state with locator pins in each of the seven areas where overnight planned respite is provided.

How it Works

Boxes with check markService Request
Contact your family member or client’s DDA Case Manager to request Overnight Planned Respite for a period of dates (up to 14 days in a calendar year) that you would like to plan a break from caregiving.

Your Case Manager will review your family member or client’s CARE Assessment with you to ensure the information is up-to-date. Overnight Planned Respite does not affect (or reduce) assessed respite hours received through a waiver program. It is assessed and approved as a separate service.

The Respite Coordinator will review your request and updated assessment. The coordinator reviews requests up to 180 days in advance of your requested respite dates.

Individualized Respite Agreement
Once approved, you will work with the provider to develop a detailed Individualized Respite Agreement that outlines the activities and supports that your family member or client will receive while in the program, including schedule, in home and community activities, food, hobbies, etc.


To be eligible for Overnight Planned Respite, an individual must:

  • be eligible for DDA services;
  • be age 18 or older;
  • not be receiving residential habilitation services under the CORE waiver;
  • live at home with a primary caregiver who needs a  break from caregiving;
  • have support needs that can be safely accommodated in  an available contracted and  certified setting;
  • identify a backup caregiver to respond in an emergency if the primary caregiver is unavailable;
  • receive approval by the Adult Respite Service Committee.


Printable Bulletin:

Overnight Planned Respite (PDF)


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