Mission Statement

The Groden Center Respite Program is dedicated to providing families with planned and emergency relief from the ongoing care of their child with special needs, to assist in crisis prevention and reduction of family stress, and thus supporting families’ ability to continue caring for their children at home.

About Respite

The Groden Center provides trained respite personnel for families of children with autism or other behavioral disabilities, so that the family may have relief from providing constant care. Such respite care provides parents and families with the opportunity to meet planned and emergency situations, or take a well-deserved break. It may also prevent stressful situations from becoming crises. The services are provided on either a temporary basis, or as part of a regular schedule, depending on the family’s needs. The respite care providers are carefully screened and trained before providing services. The provider’s familiarity with the client and/or relevant behavioral techniques is assured prior to being assigned to a family.

Respite services in Rhode Island are currently funded by the Department of Developmental Disabilities (DDD), DCYF, Department of Human Services (DHS), or through CASSP.

If you are interested in working as a direct support professional (PersonalChoice, PASS or Respite) on a part-time or full-time basis, download the following PDF from the Rhode Island Department of Human Services about Rewarding Work (PDF). You can also visit to complete an application.