New Parternship for Respite

New Parternship for Respite sarah February 7, 2023

New Parternship for Respite

HCDDS Partners with St. Joseph Home for Operation of Alice’s House

Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services (HCDDS) is excited to announce a partnership with St. Joseph Home for the operation of Alice’s House.

Alice’s House, located in Cincinnati’s Spring Grove neighborhood, is a respite center for adults and children with disabilities in Hamilton County. It was named after the former superintendent of HCDDS, Alice Pavey, who had a passion for respite services. Alice’s House provides both planned and emergency respite, with four bedrooms that can be reserved in advance, and four available for emergency situations, such as when a caregiver suddenly needs to be hospitalized. See a video walkthrough of Alice’s House here.

Group of four people stand in front of a decorated tree indoors at the opening of Alice's House.

“We’re proud to partner with St. Joseph Home to operate Alice’s House,” said HCDDS Superintendent Leia Snyder. “St. Joseph Home has long been a leader in our community, and we look forward to working together to ensure a high-quality respite option for people and families in Hamilton County.”

Respite is essential for those who care for a loved one with a disability at home. When those caregivers must tend to their own medical needs or have work obligations that keep them away from home, they need a reliable resource they can trust to care for their loved one. Dan Connors, President and CEO of St. Joseph Home, said, “The need for respite services in this area has been growing, and the pandemic only accelerated this need. Respite remains one of the least available resources for families who need it, and this partnership could not have come at a better time. We are grateful to HCDDS for its commitment to respite services, and we are thrilled to be able to partner with them to provide such an important service for residents of Hamilton County with developmental disabilities.”

Children or adults with developmental disabilities may be considered for Alice’s House short-term respite services. A team at HCDDS reviews referrals to determine eligibility.  This team considers each referral individually to determine whether the person’s needs can be met in the respite setting, based on the services requested. Funding for each person is provided by HCDDS, self-pay, or IO/Level One Waiver.

For more information or to make a reservation at Alice’s House, please contact your Service and Support Administrator (SSA) or SSA Supervisor, Tom Ciulla, 513-794-3300 or tom.ciulla@hamiltondds.org.