ZND Respite Program

Respite For Caregivers, Support For Those With Disabilities

Respite & Support For Families Of Those With Disabilities

Many parents of children with disabilities have low incomes and cannot afford to hire providers to take time away from their children. Children with disabilities require 24-hour, around-the-clock supervision, attention, and care. This continuous demand becomes a tremendous drain on caregivers emotionally, physically, and mentally-this care will remain constant as they grow older. Consequently, families of children with disabilities are at high risk for divorce, substance abuse, and child abuse because of the continuing stress of caring for the child with disabilities

ZND’s Respite Services provide in-home, overnight, weekend, and extended stay relief options to parents and or care providers who provide ongoing care for family members with a disability. Our respite care assists parents and acts as a prevention program aimed at stopping some of the social problems resulting from the tremendous demands made on families due to the disabilities or institutionalization of their child or another family member.

  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Bipolar Disorder (BD)
  • Child Abuse, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD)
  • Intellectual Disability (ID)
  • Intermittent Explosive Disorder (IED)
  • Major Depressive Disorder (MDD)
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
  • Psychotic Disorder
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Trauma

Traditional In-Home Respite Services, Available In Three Categories

Traditional Respite Care

  • Appropriate for individuals of all ages
  • Available when parent or caregiver needs temporary relief or assistance
  • Attendant care is available for those who need support completing daily living activities
  • Provided inside of the participant family’s home
  • Can only be provided for the individual authorized for care. 
  • Sessions can be as little as 2 hours or as needed for participant’s needs
  • Supervisor conducts initial appointment to understand needs of family & individual and identify ideal respite care

Behavioral Respite Care

  • Appropriate for individuals of all ages 
  • For those displaying aggression, property destruction, self-injury, self-stimulation, or elopement
  • Provided in the individual’s home, community environment, or in a group home.
  • Attendant care is available, combined with ABA-based behavioral therapy
  • Can only be provided for the individual authorized for care
  • Offered as a 1:1 or 2:1 for program participants
  • Supervisor conducts initial appointment to understand needs of family & individual and identify ideal respite care

Program Acceptance Criteria Includes, But Is Not Limited To, Individuals Who:

  • Are Between 2-17 Years Of Age
  • Are Either Male Or Female
  • Behavioral Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Mental Health concerns*
  • Are Heterosexual, Gay, Bisexual, Questioning, and Gender Expansive
  • Is Located In Fresno, Clovis, Sanger, Madera City Limits

*Program participants are screened to determine the program’s ability to provide support to the program participant. We will not accept any participant whose needs cannot properly be met.

Program Disqualification Criteria Includes, But Is Not Limited To, Individuals Who:

This facility does not discriminate on the basis of Race, Religion, Color, National Origin, or Sexual Orientation
* Intake procedure will also include provisions for a Behavior Intervention Plan to be in place.


ZND receives male and female program participants, between 2-17 years of age, who are Heterosexuals, Gays, Bisexuals, Questioning, and Gender Expansive. We accept individuals from within Fresno, Clovis, Sanger, Madera city limits.

Depending upon the program participant’s prior history and diagnosis, ZND accepts program participants with various Behavioral & Mental Health concerns as long as we are able to maintain the support services required for the program participant’s continued well-being.

A program participant with Behavioral Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Mental Health concerns who meets the acceptance criteria will be taught appropriate skills in order to become more independent and will be given the necessary supports to be able to participate in all areas of community life as possible; disruptive and self-injurious behavior will be diminished.

Strong support will be provided by our caregivers offering that relief, allowing you to grab coffee with a friend, catch a movie with your spouse, or even take a much-needed nap. All the while, you can rest assured that your loved one is being cared for in the best of hands, allowing your mind, body, and soul that small, essential vacation—even if it’s only a few hours each week.

ZND specializes in many interventions in which a wide array of community-based, family, and therapeutic services focused on guiding program participants in our care to achieve permanency in a family home. ZND will have the ability to assist each program participant with primary health care, psychotropic and non-psychotropic medication management, and access to special health care services as needed. ZND will also assist in ensuring that all program participants in care follow through with a healthy, nutritious diet informed by the program participant’s individualized medical and dietary needs and religious and cultural restrictions. ZND direct care staff will ensure that any health care needs are being met.