Westchester County Respite 

The Respite Program provides short-term residential accommodations and rehabilitative support services for individuals who require them in order to achieve the stability necessary to return to their homes or other permanent living arrangements.

Those who experience crises or other psychosocial stressors (but do not require inpatient hospitalization) that cannot be effectively managed in their homes might benefit from the Respite Program.  Its services are time limited and include many of the same rehabilitative services provided within the Community Residence and Apartment Treatment Programs.  Respite services must be approved by Desh Edwards at Westchester Department of Community Mental Health - 914-995-6753

Planned Respite

A comprehensive resource for those experiencing an increase in symptoms that cannot be managed at home without additional support, Planned Respite is a voluntary, short-term intervention that helps individuals avoid unnecessary hospitalization while regaining stability in their community. Planned Respite is provided by trained staff at either home-like settings within the community or at the person’s own place of residence. It can also be used to provide family members, significant others and legal guardians relief from care responsibilities.

Please contact Desh Edwards at Westchester Department of Community Mental Health  914-995-6753 to arrange a stay or you may fax your completed application to 914-813-4364 for approval. Once eligibility has been confirmed and approved by DCMH, Bibi Salim, MHA’s Program Director will contact you to discuss your respite care needs and coordinate accommodations.

Click here for the Planned Respite Referral Application  

For more information, please contact Bibi Salim at 914-966-9293 or

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