This service is intended to provide caregivers, family members, and individuals with disabilities periods of relief from their usual circumstances. Respite may be provided in the individuals own home or in the home of an approved provider of respite. Respite can be delivered hourly or overnight or in blocks of several days at a time. Respite is usually pre-arranged to accommodate family plans or to allow the individual to look forward to the scheduled respite.
New Options Waiver (NOW)
The New Options Waiver (NOW) – formerly Mental Retardation Waiver Program (MRWP) – is a home and community-based waiver for persons who have been diagnosed with a developmental disability. Services for the Mental Retardation Waiver Program (MRWP) began April 1, 1989. The New Options Waiver (NOW) and the Comprehensive Supports Waiver Program (COMP) offer home- and community-based services for people with a developmental or intellectual disability. A diagnosis of developmental disability includes mental retardation or other closely-related conditions such as cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism or neurological problems.