Respite Care

La Vida Felicidad provides respite services at no cost to families, for eligible adults.  This gives a temporary break to the caregiver who is responsible for caring for an individual with developmental disabilities.


The adult must have a developmental disability that began before the age of 22, need help with personal care, meet the NM financial requirements, and be a resident of New Mexico.

Eligibility is determined by the Developmental Disabilities Supports Division (DDSD) Regional Offices.

For more information about eligibility follow the link above or call the State Eligibility Office at 1-800-283-5548 and ask about the Development Disabilities Medicaid Waiver.

If you have already applied for a Development Disabilities Medicaid Waiver but are on a waiting list, please contact us as you may already be eligible for respite services.

Respite Services

Respite is a flexible family support service intended to provide relief, relaxation, and peace of mind for primary caregivers of adults with developmental delays or disabilities.

Whether an afternoon or a weekend, this short-term care allows families time for themselves, while the adult enjoys favorite activities with their Respite staff.  Services can occur in the staff person’s home, the family home, or in the community. The main goal of our respite services is to provide relief to the client’s parent or guardian.  Respite is flexible and may be provided for emergencies or on an occasional or regular basis.

Please contact Selma Dodson at if you are interested in learning more about our Respite Program, or call 505-865-4651.