In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS)

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In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS)

In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS)

The IHSS Program helps pay for services provided to low-income elderly, blind or disabled individuals, including children, so that they can remain safely in their own home. IHSS is considered an alternative to out-of-home care, such as nursing homes or board and care facilities.

Some of the services that can be authorized through IHSS include: housecleaning, meal preparation, laundry, grocery shopping, personal care services (such as bowel and bladder care, bathing, grooming and paramedical services), accompaniment to medical appointments, and protective supervision for the mentally impaired.


To apply for IHSS call:

  • (888) 944-IHSS (4477) or (213) 744-IHSS (4477)

Or print and mail the following application to: 2707 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90007


ESP is an OPTIONAL service that allows IHSS provider/recipients to submit/approve their timesheets online through a new State IHSS electronic timesheet service (ETS). Through ESP providers may enroll in Direct Deposit and submit Paid Sick Leave claims.

For more information on ESP and how to enroll, visit the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) ETS Website at:


On July 1, 2018, all active providers who work for an IHSS/WPCS recipient

can earn paid sick leave.  Providers must complete a one-time, * two-part requirement to earn and use paid sick leave.

  • A provider must work 100 hours for an IHSS recipient to earn paid sick leave hours.
  • To use paid sick leave hours a provider must work an additional 200 hours or wait 60 days, whichever comes first.

For more information on Paid Sick Leave for Providers, visit the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Website at:


IHSS Policy

Timesheet At-A-Glance

Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

Provider Eligibility and Orientation Information



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