The In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) Program is a county run program which may pay for services provided to low-income elderly, blind or disabled individuals, including children, so that they can remain safely in their own home. IHSS is considered an alternative to out-of-home care, such as nursing homes or board and care facilities. Some of the services that can be authorized through IHSS include: housecleaning, meal preparation, laundry, grocery shopping, personal care services (such as bowel and bladder care, bathing, grooming and paramedical services), accompaniment to medical appointments, and protective supervision for the mentally impaired.

Protective supervision is an IHSS service for people who, due to a mental impairment or mental illness, need to be observed 24 hours per day to protect them from injuries, hazards or accidents. An IHSS provider may be paid to observe and monitor a disabled child or adult when the person can remain safely at home if 24 hour supervision is provided. Protective supervision services can be difficult to obtain and will require clear documentation of the need for the service. For more information, read the Disability Rights California’s publication In-Home Supportive Services Protective Supervision  

IHSS Advocacy Resources

American Advocacy Group
2082 Business Center Dr Ste 235, Irvine
Assist with first-class, affordable advocacy services that benefit individuals diagnosed with developmental and physical disabilities and their families. Whether you are new to the process, or your family member has being denied a service by an agency, our goal is to take quality time to get to know you and your family and to offer you options that will best meet your family’s needs. Provides advocacy services in the areas of In-Home Supportive Services(IHSS), IHSS Appeals, Conservatorship, Educational Advocacy, and Due Process Representation.

Amster Law Firm
1976 S. La Cienega Blvd. #353, Los Angeles
(213) 444-6028
Represents individuals with special needs in special education and community services matters, including regional center and In-Home Supportive Services. Amster Law Firm is committed to a person-centered approach. Age, race, gender, income, educational level, and/or level of English proficiency should not determine which services an individual with special needs receives.

Educate Advocate
PO Box 1011, Guasti
(909) 285 4269
Non-profit organization that assists and provide support to anyone with or connected to someone with special needs and/or disabilities at any age in the area surrounding mainly San Bernardino and Riverside county in California.

Hope Consulting and Advocacy
13657 Norton Ave, Chino
(909) 525-0763
Provides advocacy for IHSS. Charges 20% of the increase in services for the time period we are working for – no paying into the future, no up front fees. The only additional fees you pay are my costs (copies and binder supplies) for putting together an evidence packet – which will only happen if we are within a week of going to hearing because I do need to prepare prior to the hearing.

IHSS advocates
(714) 323-3675 David Wolff
(310) 612-5800 Shirley Rosen
4195 Chino Hills Parkway #468, Chino Hills,
Their mission is to provide California families that have children diagnosed with developmental disabilities, such as ASD, with tools & services to obtain and maintain Protection Supervision. They provide assistance and representation throughout the application; assessment, reassessment, and administrative hearing processes.  Free educational videos on IHHS and how to navigate the system.

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