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Respite services are available to families with children with disabilities through three regional agencies in Maine.  Respite can take place in your home, in the home of the respite worker, or in the community.  Though the service is funded by the Office of Child and Family Services (OCFS), each agency determines the eligibility, decides on the allocation, and arranges for respite services.   

After you apply and are informed that respite service has been approved, the respite agency will give you an allocation of respite hours over a period of time, such as 25 hours per quarter (a three month period). The amount of the allocation depends on the level of need and the funds available to provide respite services. Respite agencies generally allocate respite time allotments over three month periods. If you do not use your allocation during that period it does not carry over and any unused respite time is lost. The respite agency determines the level of care that is needed and the level of respite worker payment that can range from $7 to $14 per hour.  Some respite agencies pay the respite worker directly; others will reimburse you after you pay the worker.

Some agencies hire and train respite workers and will help you to choose a respite worker from their registry of trained respite workers in their region.  Other agencies (UCP) assist you to choose and hire someone you know, such as a friend, neighbor or relative, to provide in-home respite service.  If the respite agency is responsible for the respite worker, they may require that the person that the family chooses attend a respite training, if he or she is not already trained.  Household members are generally not eligible to be paid as respite workers.  If you choose a trained respite worker from an agency's registry, be aware that their training generally consists of a 20-hour program in which they are taught very basic skills including first aid. However, some respite workers may be more qualified and may be certified as behavioral specialists or have other specialty skills.  Some, not all, respite agencies conduct Maine-based and/or national background searches on respite worker applicants.


  • Birth to 18 years
  • Documentation of a diagnosis from a psychologist, psychiatrist or licensed clinical social worker of:
    • mental retardation,
    • autism,
    • pervasive development disorder or
    • behavior impairment

Contact Information

  • Contact the agency that serves your county to apply for respite services.  These providers support a range of other activities, so be sure and request information and an application for respite services.

Region 1:  York and Cumberland counties

Woodfords Family Services
1037 Forest Avenue
Portland, ME 04103
Phone: (800) 439-0314

Region 2:  Androscoggin, Franklin, Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Oxford, Sagadahoc, Somerset and Waldo counties

Children's Center
273 Capitol Street Extension
Augusta, ME  04330
Phone: (800) 894-6264

Region 3:  Aroostook, Hancock, Penobscot, Piscataquis and Washington counties

UPC of Maine
700 Mt. Hope Ave Suite 320
Bangor, ME 04401
Phone: (800) 686-9649

  • For further information about services that your child may be eligible for, contact the Office of Integrated Access and Support (OIAS) in the region where you live or visit their website at:

Region I: Cumberland and York counties

169-175 Lancaster Street
Portland, ME 04101
Phone:  (800) 269-5208 or (800) 492-0846 
TTY:  (207) 822-0272

Region II: Androscoggin, Franklin, Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Oxford, Sagadahoc, Somerset, Waldo counties

Greenlaw Bldg, AMHI
141 State House Station
Augusta, ME  04333-0141
Phone:  (800) 675-1828
TTY:  (207) 287-4238

15 Mollison Way
Lewiston, ME 04240
Phone:  (800) 866-1803
TTY:  (207) 753-9102

212B New County Road (Route 1)
Thomaston, ME 04861
Phone:  (800) 704-8999
TTY:  (207) 596-2307

Region III: Aroostook, Hancock, Penobscot, Piscataquis, and Washington counties

176 Hogan Road, BMHI Campus
Bangor, ME  04401
Phone:  (800) 963-9491
TTY:  (207) 941-4392

Presque Isle
642 Main Street
Presque Isle, ME  04769
Phone:  (800) 767-9857
TTY:  (207) 764-2000

2 Water St. Suite 1
Houlton, ME  04730
Phone:  (800) 767-9857
TTY:  (207) 532-7933

Van Buren
2 Main Street
Van Buren, ME  04785
Phone:  (800) 767-9857
TTY:  (207) 764-2017

Fort Kent
139 Market Street, Suite 105
Fort Kent, ME  04743
Phone:  (800) 767-9857
TTY:  (207) 834-7074

15 Prescott Drive, Suite 3
Machias, ME  04654
Phone:  (207) 255-1953
TTY:  (207) 255-1959

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