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In-Home Supportive Services Public Authority

The accepting of applications for IHSS Registry Providers is occurring March 1, 2014, through May 1, 2014.  Please read the application letter, complete the application, and return the application if you wish to apply.

If you still have questions, please call the Public Authority at 530-886-3680.

Cover letter for Provider Application

IP Profile registry application

The In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) program allows limited income elderly, blind, or disabled people to hire someone to help them with housework, meal preparation, and personal care. With this help, the IHSS recipient may remain safely in their home and will not need to move into a care facility or an institution. The IHSS program is funded by federal, state, and county resources. The IHSS recipient chooses their care provider, supervises the provider’s work, defines how tasks will be done, and can fire the provider if necessary.

The Public Authority negotiates with the local homecare provider’s union to set wages, benefits, and working conditions for IHSS providers. They offer the following services to IHSS recipients and providers:

  1. Maintain a homecare provider Registry that you can use to find a suitable provider
  2. Investigate the qualifications and background of individuals on the Registry
  3. Offer access to training for providers and recipients in various aspects of the IHSS program
  4. Help Registry providers and their clients work out difficulties in their relationship
  5. Provide staff support to the County’s IHSS Advisory Committee, which works to improve the Public Authority and the IHSS program.

The IHSS program is funded by federal, state, and county resources. Once the IHSS recipient chooses their care provider, supervises the provider’s work, defines how tasks will be done, and can fire the provider if necessary:

The IHSS program pays providers to provide personal care such as

  • feeding and bathing
  • household tasks such as
    • laundry
    • shopping
    • meal preparation
    • light housecleaning
  • transportation
  • protective supervision
  • and certain paramedical services ordered by a physician.

IHSS does not pay for the following services:

  • General gardening or yard clean-up that does not present a hazard
  • Feeding, cleaning up after, or exercising a pet
  • Moving/lifting heavy furniture, boxes, etc.
  • Washing windows
  • Transporting anyone but the IHSS recipient
  • Paying bills

As the IHSS recipient, you can only ask your provider to perform those tasks that the IHSS caseworker has authorized. In addition, you should never ask your provider to work more than the maximum number of hours the caseworker has authorized.

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