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As a Parent, Do I Qualify for IHSS?

As a Parent, Do I Qualify for IHSS?

If you have a child with a disability or special needs, you may be eligible to become an In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) Parent Provider in California. This program allows parents or legal guardians to be paid caregivers for their child, providing assistance with daily activities and tasks.

Here are the steps you can take to become an IHSS Parent Provider for your child in California:

Step 1 to Qualify as a Parent for IHSS

Determine Eligibility To be eligible for IHSS as a Parent Provider, your child must be under the age of 18 and have a disability or special need that requires daily assistance with activities such as bathing, dressing, feeding, and mobility. You and your child must also be residents of California, and your child must be eligible for Medi-Cal.

Step 2

Complete IHSS Application You can apply for IHSS by completing an application online or by visiting your local IHSS office. The application will require information about your child's disability, medical condition, and daily care needs. You will also need to provide information about yourself, including your income and work history.

Step 3

Attend an Orientation Session After submitting your IHSS application, you will be required to attend an orientation session. The session will provide information about the IHSS program, including your role as a Parent Provider, the services you will be providing, and the training and support available to you.

Step 4

Complete Training As an IHSS Parent Provider, you will be required to complete training before you can begin providing care for your child. The training will cover topics such as proper lifting and transferring techniques, infection control, and medication administration.

Step 5

Undergo Background Check As part of the IHSS program, you will be required to undergo a background check. This includes a fingerprint scan and a review of your criminal history. If you have a criminal record, it may disqualify you from becoming an IHSS Parent Provider.

Step 6

Submit Timesheets and Receive Payment Once you have completed the IHSS application, orientation, training, and background check, you can begin providing care for your child. You will need to submit timesheets documenting the hours you have worked, and you will receive payment for your services through the IHSS program.

Being an IHSS Parent Provider can be a rewarding experience, allowing you to provide personalized care and support for your child. However, it is important to remember that being a caregiver can also be a demanding and challenging role. It is important to take care of your own physical and emotional needs, and to seek support and resources when necessary.

In addition to the training provided by the IHSS program, there are a variety of resources available to help you navigate the challenges of caregiving. These include support groups, respite care services, and educational resources.

Becoming an IHSS Parent Provider is a process that requires time, effort, and dedication. However, for many families, it is a valuable opportunity to provide personalized care and support for their child while also receiving financial compensation for their efforts. If you are interested in becoming an IHSS Parent Provider, the first step is to determine your eligibility and begin the application process.

If this process sounds overwhelming and you feel you need help, you can always reach out to us. Our advocates can lead you through everything, as well as attend the hearing with you.

American Advocacy Group is on the front lines every day, making positive change happen for people diagnosed with autism, Down syndrome, and a range of diagnoses across the continuum. As a leading advocate for all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families, and the premier provider of the support and services people want and need, we understand the system and know how to take action in regard to your best interests.


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