Effective March 1, 2023:
- The County IHSS wage rate for providers is $17.25 per hour.
- The State Back-Up Provider System (BUPS) provider wage rate is $19.25 per hour.
- The Back-Up Attendant Program (BUAP) provider wage rate is $20.25 per hour.
NOTICE: Issuance of Annual FICA Refund Payments
On January 28, 2023, the State Controller’s Office (SCO) will process annual Social Security Tax (FICA) refund payments for IHSS providers.
DO YOU QUALIFY:
You may qualify for a FICA refund if you worked as an IHSS provider during 2022, but did not earn enough to reach the annual earnings threshold set by the Social Security Administration (SSA). As a result, you do not owe the SSA any FICA for the year 2022 and you are entitled to receive this FICA refund payment.
If you qualify, you will receive a refund check as a separate payment from your regular timesheet payment. The refund warrant remittance advice will only display the Net Pay value of the payment.
What this means for you, the provider:
Note: FICA refund checks will be mailed during the week of February 6, 2023.
Are You Thinking About Being an IHSS Provider?
CalSavers is a new optional retirement program designed for all California individuals, including IHSS providers, which offers automatic employment retirement contribution options. Easy enrollment by phone or online. Multilingual support and materials are available.
To learn more about the program, contact CalSavers:
View or download the CalSavers Informational Flyer below:
CalSavers Informational Flyer - Armenian (Հայերեն)
CalSavers Informational Flyer - Cambodian (ភាសាខ្មែរ)
CalSavers Informational Flyer - Chinese (中文)
CalSavers Informational Flyer - Farsi (فارسی)
CalSavers Informational Flyer - Korean (한국인)
CalSavers Informational Flyer - Russian (Pусский)
CalSavers Informational Flyer - Spanish (Español)
CalSavers Informational Flyer - Tagalog (Tagalog)
The IHSS Career Pathways Program is an exciting new program that provides training opportunities for IHSS providers to enhance providers skills and improve the quality of care for IHSS recipients. Providers who have completed provider enrollment are eligible to participate. Participation is voluntary, and the training is available statewide and free to providers.
Providers will be paid for attending and completing training courses and can earn incentive payments for completing training classes. Providers will be paid at their normal county wage rate and are required to claim payment through the IHSS Electronic Services Portal (ESP).
There are five separate pathways, in two categories, available to providers:
Category 1: General Pathways
Category 2: Specialized Skills Pathways
Classes may be online with an instructor, self-paced, or in-person.
Learn more about the IHSS Career Pathways Program, including the course catalog, registration, and payment claim information:
Online: IHSS Career Pathways Program
Telephone: IHSS Service Desk (866) 376-7066 (Monday through Friday 8 am – 5 pm, excluding major holidays)
View or download the IHSS Career Pathways Program Flyer below:
Career Pathways Program Flyer - Armenian (Հայերեն)
Career Pathways Program Flyer - Cambodian (ភាសាខ្មែរ)
Career Pathways Program Flyer - Chinese (中文)
Career Pathways Program Flyer - Farsi (فارسی)
Career Pathways Program Flyer - Korean (한국인)
Career Pathways Program Flyer - Russian (Pусский)
Career Pathways Program Flyer - Spanish (Español)
Career Pathways Program Flyer - Tagalog (Tagalog)
Career Pathways Program Flyer - Vietnamese (Tiếng Việt)