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IHSS Recipients

Basic Eligibility Requirements

To qualify for IHSS you must:

  • Be 65 years old or older, blind, and/or disabled as defined by Social Security Administration (SSA) standards.  Disabled children are also potentially eligible for IHSS;
  • Be a California resident;
  • Live in your own home.  Hospitals, nursing homes, and licensed community care facilities are not considered “own home”;
  • Be eligible for Medi-Cal benefits;*
    • *IHSS applicants must complete a Medi-Cal eligibility determination or redetermination. Individuals whose income is too high to qualify for Medi-Cal with no share of cost (SOC) may still be eligible for IHSS with a Medi-Cal SOC. The share of cost may be applied towards the receipt of Medi-Cal and/or IHSS benefits. 
  • Participate in a home assessment interview; and
  • Obtain a health care certification from a licensed health care professional (LHCP) such as a physician, psychiatrist, psychologist, etc., indicating that you are unable to safely perform one or more activities and without IHSS, would be at risk of placement in out-of-home care. Applicants may provide the SOC 873 - In-Home Supportive Services Program Health Care Certification Form to certify their need for IHSS.

*Also available in the following languages:

Armenian (Հայերեն)Cambodian (ភាសាខ្មែរ)Chinese (中文)Farsi (فارسی)Korean (한국어)Russian (Pусский)Spanish (Español)Tagalog (Tagalog)Vietnamese (Tiếng Việt)

Your health care professional may return this form via fax, U.S. Mail or you may return it in-person.

You may submit other acceptable forms of alternative documentation, signed by a LHCP, if the SOC 873 is not available. This documentation must:

  1. Indicate that the applicant/recipient is unable to independently perform one or more activities of daily living;
  2. Describe the applicant’s/recipient’s condition or functional limitation that has contributed to the need for assistance; and
  3. Be signed and dated by the LHCP within 60 calendar days of submission to the Social Worker.

Examples of alternative documentation include, but are not limited to:

  • Hospital discharge plans; and
  • Nursing facility discharge plans.
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