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The Alliance for Community Respite Care, previously the Allegheny County Respite Care Alliance, merged with CLASS in March of 2010. This partnership allows CLASS to offer even more individualized services to the people we support.

The Alliance for Community Respite Care of CLASS, or ACRC, was formed in 1997 as a collaborative network of families, providers, and stakeholders dedicated to educating the community about the need for respite care. It is the mission of ACRC to provide support and relief through access to respite care for caregivers and children and adults of all ages with special needs.

The ACRC is a valuable resource to the respite community. ACRC is committed to helping families access quality respite care. Respite refers to short-term, temporary care. It is typically provided for people with special needs so caregivers, family members, foster parents, or friends can take a break from the daily routine of care giving.


ACRC Services:

  • Assists caregivers in finding quality respite care through a single point of contact
  • Addresses lifespan respite issues
  • Gathers information to document
  • Provides funding for respite Gathers information to document the need for respite services
Care Providers
Care Providers

While ACRC does not provide direct care, we would like to help you find some providers that are available to you. We have broken these providers into three sections:


CareBreak-Watson Institute
MaryJo A. Caruso
301 Camp Meeting Rd.
Sewickley, PA 15143

Day and Overnight Respite Program-Watson Institute
Martie A. Allen

Child’s Way- Children’s Home of Pittsburgh
Mary Carol Strang, Clinical Coordinator
5324 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15224

Continuum Pediatric Nursing- Pittsburgh
Denise Bergey, Director of Nursing
1665 Washington Rd, Suite 4
Pittsburgh, PA 15228

Pediatric Services of America (Nursing Home Care)
1501 Reedsdale St.
Cardello Building Suite 4002
Pittsburgh, PA

PLEA agency
Linda Gates, Respite Prog. Director
733 South Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15221

PSA Healthcare (Children)
1501 Reedsdale Street, Suite 4002
Pittsburgh, PA 15233-2317
Phone: (412) 322-4140
Toll Free: (800) 331-1916

Ventilator Assisted Program
One Children’s Place
3705 5th Avenue at DeSoto St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Children & Adults:

711 Bingham St
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
412-995-5000 ext. 505

Bayada Nurses
Wanda Kent-Gergerich (Area Director-Pediatric, (0-18yrs old)); Kristen Crowe (Director-Adult)
300 Oxford Drive, Suite 410
Monroeville, PA 15146
Fax: 412-372-3860

Care Unlimited
Dean White
3288 Babcock Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15237
1-800-535-3747 (for Pittsburgh Region) or 1-800-828-1813 (for Erie Region)

Emmaus Community of Pittsburgh
Lorraine S. Wagner
2821 Sarah St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15203

Extended Family Care of Pittsburgh
3424 William Penn Highway, Suite 220
Pittsburgh, PA 15235
Tel: (412) 693-6009 | Fax: (412) 241-7288
Branch Administrator: Marta Baumann
Billing Issues:

Maxim Healthcare Services (Home Care Services and/or In-Home Nurses)
425 N. Craig St. Suite 504
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

McGuire Respite Program
Trisa Colbert, Family Serv. Coord.
2119 Mercer Rd.
New Brighton, PA 15066
724-843-3400 ext. 142

Mercy Behavioral Health
1200 Reedsdale St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15233
412-253-1250 (**ask to speak with someone in “intake” or “registration,” then choose Independent Supports Coordinator**)

Passavant Memorial Homes
100 Passavant Way
Pittsburgh, PA 15238

160 N. Craig St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Sharp Visions
Ryan Anderson (for referral information)
1425 Forbes Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

The Woodlands Foundation
134 Shenot Road
Wexford, PA 15090


Gentiva Health Services (home health care)
Carol Wick
950 Greentree Rd. Suite 201
Pittsburgh, PA 15220
412-920-1900 or 800.999.5178

Interim Health Care
1789 S. Braddock Suite 220
Pittsburgh, PA 15218
1-800-447-2030; 412-436-2200

Liken Health Care
400 Penn Center Blvd. Suite 100
Pittsburgh, PA 15235

PRN Health Service Inc.
573 Braddock Ave.
East Pittsburgh, PA 15112

PSA Healthcare (Adults)
1501 Reedsdale Street, Suite 4002
Pittsburgh, PA 15233-2317
Phone: (412) 322-4140
Toll Free: (800) 331-1916

UPMC Private Duty Nursing (part of the UPMC Respite Services)
Univ. of Pittsburgh- Institute on Aging
Kaufmann Building, Suite 500
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Downloadable Forms
Downloadable Forms