Respite Services

Respite Services (Skill Building, Hourly and Overnight) allow children to work on developing vital social life skills while on outings with trained and reliable providers. Services are offered in Albany, Saratoga, Rensselaer, Schenectady, Fulton, Montgomery, Hamilton, Schoharie, Warren, Washington, Columbia and Greene Counties.

Available Services
  • Skill Building: Skill builders work on developing activities to increase children’s specific skills to be successful in the home and community. Highly trained staffers work together with the youth and families on such skills as daily living, social skills, self-advocacy, age appropriate developmental tasks, job coaching and identified treatment goals.
  • Hourly Respite: Hourly respite providers are specially trained employees that are experienced and certified to work with children in the home or community. Activities are chosen based on the child’s treatment goals and individual interests.
  • Overnight Respite: Overnight respite families receive extensive training and are certified to provide a safe and nurturing home environment for children with mental health and behavioral needs. Overnight respite, ranging from one to 21 days, is offered while families maintain full custody of their children. This respite can be offered on a recurring weekly, bi-weekly or monthly basis.
  • Respite and skill building services providers are staff members or certified therapeutic foster families who are screened, certified and supervised
  • Administer medications as prescribed, including PRN medications
  • Providers located throughout large Northeast Parent & Child Society service area
  • Possible transportation assistance to and from home, school or extra-curricular activities
  • Support during extra-curricular activities: team sports, academic clubs, dance lessons, etc.
  • Additional respite as approved by referring agency for school holidays and vacation


Who can access services?  In order for a youth to receive Respite Services, the respite would be approved by one of our referring agencies including the Parsons Home & Community Based Services Waiver and several local SPOA Committees.

How are services accessed?

Colleen McMahon, MA
Hourly External Respite & B2H- HCI Program Coordinator
(518) 346-1285 X 2220
Fax (518) 372-6818

Jenny McMillen, MS
External Overnight Respite Coordinator
(518) 257-2919
Fax (518) 372-6818


When are services available?  Respite Services are available seven days a week during the day and evening depending upon the needs of the youth, as well as 24 hour on- call crisis support during respite.


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