Overnight Respite (for youth and adults)

Our 2022-23 respite season begins on September 26th and registration for our overnight respite program is now open. For the coming respite season, scheduled through early June 2023, we have a planned calendar of respite sessions.


As a result of the COVID-19 variants and the need for booster shots for many of our clients and staff, as well as having challenges hiring vaccinated direct care workers willing to quarantine and live at our facility, we will be holding only 7-night and 5-night overnight respite sessions from September 2022 through early June 2023.  All ages and disabilities will be considered for placement. Please see the Registration РCalendar section of this website for details.


Respite sessions have limited slots and will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Please contact Donna by email at respite@risingtreetops.org or by phone at 732-531-0215 for more information.


Please know all staff at Rising Treetops are fully COVID-vaccinated and as of January 31, 2022 all staff eligible for a COVID-vaccine booster shot has received them. Since June 2021 we have required all clients at Rising Treetops to also be fully COVID-vaccinated. In addition, as of February 12, 2022, all clients must also have received a COVID-vaccination booster shot, if booster shot-eligible, before arriving for a respite session. 


For more information, please visit our website for a¬†calendar¬†and¬†application¬†for overnight respite for you, your child or your client or student. You can also call¬†732-531-0215¬†or email¬†respite@risingtreetops.org¬†to have an application or information mailed or emailed to you.¬†Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year and are good for 12 months.¬†For first-time applicants or those who have not been served in at least 3 years, we require a virtual interview scheduled at¬†the individual or family’s convenience.


Once the interview is completed, and an applicant has been notified of acceptance into our respite program, the individual/family will be given the opportunity to request which respite session(s) they would like to attend. Some clients get to and from Rising Treetops on their own/with their families; others receive central site transportation from NYC in our lift-equipped vehicles. 


Our respite services are designed primarily for individuals who possess at least minimal levels of expressive and receptive communication skills, and exhibit behavior that is appropriate for group living. While at Rising Treetops during a respite session, clients have access to seasonal therapeutic recreational activities; which can include arts/crafts, music, drama, sports, swimming, cooking, nature/gardening and iPad media arts.
We have newly renovated facilities and activities and are excited to welcome back old clients and get to know new ones this coming year. We hope to hear from you.


What follows is our usual overnight respite description (through March 2020 and again after we resume regular overnight respite services in the future):


Ages 8 and up (separate sessions for children and adults)


Care and supervision is provided 24/7 from a caring and trained staff that live on site. Clients will have access to a full program of therapeutic recreational activities, including occasional offsite trips.


Family caregivers who are caring for someone with special needs in their own home need periodic breaks. They can get one while the individual with special needs enjoys a weekend or up to a one week stay at Rising Treetops at Oakhurst. Respites are scheduled throughout the year and vary in length.  See our Calendar for details.


The full fee per session can be adjusted according to family size and income through a limited scholarship program.  For individuals who still live with a family caregiver and qualify for state-supported respite services, a portion of fees may be covered.  Please contact our New Jersey office at 732-531-0215 for more information on fees and scholarships.


Some clients get to and from Rising Treetops through their families, and others receive central site transportation from Rising Treetops at Oakhurst from New York City in lift-equipped vehicles.


See our Registration section for application and session registration information.