IHSS can help pay for services to keep you safe at home. These services include the following:
If you currently receive SSI/SSP payments from the Social Security Administration, a county Social Worker will schedule you for an interview at your home to determine your eligibility and need for IHSS.
If you do not currently receive SSI/SSP, you may still be eligible if you qualify for Medi-Cal. If you do not have Medi-Cal, then a Medi-Cal application will be submitted for you. An IHSS Social Worker will conduct a home visit interview to determine your eligibility and need for IHSS while your Medi-Cal application is being processed.
Based on your ability to safely perform certain tasks for yourself, the Social Worker will assess the types of IHSS services you need and authorize an amount of time for each one. The assessment of need includes information given by you and, if appropriate, by your family, friends, physician or other health care practitioner.
You will be notified in writing if IHSS has been approved or denied. If denied, you will be notified of the reason for denial. If approved, you will be notified of the services and how many hours per month have been authorized for you. In addition, you must hire someone (your IHSS provider) to perform the authorized services. As your provider's employer, it is your responsibility to hire, train, supervise, and if necessary, fire this individual.