Family members who care for a loved one with a developmental disability can sometimes need a break. Respite services provide temporary relief from the demands of care giving, which can help reduce overall family stress. This enables families to better meet the needs of their loved one with a developmental disability.



Agency and independent service providers are the backbone of the developmental disabilities system. A Medicaid provider is ceritified through the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities and is able to bill the hours served through Medicaid funding of the individual served. There are specific requirements and certifications that you must complete in order to qualify as a medicaid provider. 


Respite provider requirements are much less stringent than becoming a full Medicaid waiver provider. The restriction only allows you to serve as a respite provider, so if you are looking to be able to provide services outside of a respite provider, then a Medicaid certification may be the right way to go. 


You do not have to go into this incredibly rewarding career alone. We also realize that this field is extremely unique that requires training and knowlege in order to provide high quality service. The REST program has access to many trainings that can help you along the way as you become a well-rounded provider! Check out the resources below. If there is a training or topic that you would like to have access to, we would love to hear from you!