What is In-Home Supportive Services?

The In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) program helps pay for services which enable individuals to remain safely in their own homes instead of entering a nursing home or board and care facility. To be eligible, you must be over 65 years of age, disabled, or blind, and eligible for Medi-Cal. Disabled children are also eligible for IHSS. The types of services IHSS can help pay for include:

  • Accompaniment to medical appointments
  • Grocery shopping
  • Housecleaning
  • Laundry
  • Meal preparation
  • Personal care services (such as bowel and bladder care, bathing, grooming and paramedical services)
  • Protective supervision for the mentally impaired

To apply for IHSS in Placer County, call the IHSS office at 530-889-7240 or 916-787-8800. More program information telephone numbers:

  • Medi-Cal Billing Problems:
    • For Problems or Questions Regarding Medical Bills, Call Electronic Data Systems: 916-636-1980
  • Medi-Cal State Hearing:
    • To file a request for a Medi-Cal State Hearing, call the Public Inquiry and Response Unit at 1-800-952-5253, for Hearing Impaired: TDD 1-800-952-8349
  • Third Party Liability:
    • Health Insurance Billing and Coding, Premium Payment, Medicare Buy-in: 1-800-952-5294
    • Casualty, Personal Injury, Probate, Estate, Liens, Workers’ Compensation, Overpayment Recovery: 1-800-952-5294
  • Medi-Cal Beneficiary Fraud and Abuse: 1-800-822-6222
  • Provider Fraud and Elder Abuse complaint line: 1-800-722-0432
  • SSA or SSI/SSP Information: 1-800-772-1213 (For hearing impaired: TTY 1-800-325-0778)
  • Other Health Program Numbers: For Healthy Families/Medi-Cal for Children application and/or information: 1-888-747-1222.

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1. How do I apply for Medi-Cal?
2. How long does the Medi-Cal application process take?
3. Do I have to pay for Medi-Cal?
4. What benefits does Medi-Cal provide?
5. I have Medicare. Can I apply for Medi-Cal also?
6. Can I get help from Medi-Cal with Medicare costs?
7. What services does Medi-Cal cover?
8. Is there a special program for children and pregnant women?
9. What is the Child Health and Disability Prevention (CHDP) Program?
10. What is the Medi-Cal Access Program (MCAP)?
11. What is the Women, Infants and Children Supplemental Nutritional Program (WIC)?
12. What is the Family Planning Services Program?
13. Are there county-operated health care programs?
14. What is the California Children Services (CCS)?
15. What is In-Home Supportive Services?