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Devereux Respite Program (Serving Phoenix and Tucson Areas)

Respite Overview (Facility- and Family-Based Respite)

The goal of Devereux Arizona’s respite program is to provide a period of rest for the youth we serve and their primary caregivers in a safe, structured environment (in one of our respite homes or in a respite provider’s home). Respite, when used appropriately, can reduce the need for more intensive services and help preserve the family.

The needs of each child are evaluated in determining the optimal respite environment. Children younger than 4 years of age may be placed with a Devereux Arizona respite family provider.

Who qualifies for respite?

Children who are living in a home setting, with their biological, foster or adoptive families, and are receiving behavioral health services from a community provider may be eligible for respite.

Admission Criteria

  • Children ages 4 to 17 (Ages birth to 17 for family-based respite)
  • Willing to comply with rules and requirements of the program
  • Not a danger to self or others*
  • Currently receiving behavioral health services, and respite care is identified as a need in the child’s service plan

*Children requiring special accommodations may or may not be accepted to Devereux Arizona’s respite program. Contact us for more information.

Respite Activities

Devereux Arizona’s respite program provides a variety of activities in our facility and in the community. Activities may include: festivals, parades, sporting events, gardening, basketball, video games, board games, movies, arts and crafts, and more.

Advantages of Respite

  • Provides a break for families in stressful situations
  • Provides a period of relief for caregivers
  • Structured, nurturing environment
  • Peer interaction and socialization
  • Participation in community activities
  • Familiarization with structured environment
  • Self-esteem and confidence building

Why Choose Devereux Respite?

  • Open for school breaks (summer, holidays)
  • Overnights
  • Weekends
  • Professionally trained behavioral health experienced staff
  • Assistance with medication
  • Age-appropriate activities to engage and increase social skills

Have questions or need more information? 

Phoenix Area Respite
Phone:  (480) 634-2028
Email: AZRespite@devereux.org 

Tucson Area Respite
Phone:  (520) 576-5599
Email:  TucsonRespiteReferrals@devereux.org