If your child has a disability such as autism, Down syndrome or cerebral palsy, there are many steps you can take to give her a happy, healthy, and rewarding life. You may be eligible to receive benefits in California such as In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS). This funding can be used to meet your child’s daily needs and can help pay the expenses associated with her disability. But how much can you get paid for IHSS in California?
What is IHSS?
In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) is a program designated to help children as well as the elderly who have disabilities to safely remain in their own homes when they are not able to fully care for themselves. It is an alternative to out-of-home care in nursing homes and institutions.
What are the qualifications for IHSS?
If you are a California resident and receive Medi-Cal benefits, you may be eligible for IHSS. Eligibility is assessed with an evaluation regarding whether your child needs the services it provides to stay safely in your own home as an alternative to out-of-home placement.
What is the IHSS In-Home Assessment?
The IHSS in-home assessment is initiated by the county Social Services Agency at the time of application, every twelve months thereafter, and whenever the county has information that the recipient’s physical/mental condition or living/social condition has changed. The number of hours authorized may change with each evaluation. The reason for the assessment is to evaluate the disabled person’s physical or mental condition, living and social situation, and ability to perform various functions of daily life, as well as the statement of need and the medical records.
When Can a Parent Receive Payment as an IHSS provider?
There are many circumstances that permit a parent of a disabled child to receive IHSS payments: (1) If the parent quit his or her job or can’t get a job because he or she must care for the disabled child. (2) If no other suitable care provider is available (willing and able). (3) If the child is at risk of out-of-home placement or inadequate care. (4) If both the parents live in the home, one parent may get paid when the other parent is working, in school, or disabled. There is also an exception: Under PCSP, a non-parent provider may provide services to an institutionally deemed child even if the parent is present in the home. (ACL 00-83; ACIN I-28-06.) This is not possible under the IPW, unless the parent of the institutionally deemed child is physically or mentally unable to perform services. MPP 30-763.44; ACIN I-28-06. However, there would be very few (if any) cases of non-parent providers of minor recipients under the IPW as advance payment election would be the only basis for the minor recipient falling within that category.
How Much Does IHSS Pay in California?
The average In Home Support Services (IHSS) Caregiver hourly pay in California is approximately $16.38, which is 20% above the national average.
The hourly pay varies depending on the county in California you reside it, but the minimum hourly wage increased to $15.00 in 2022.
As of November 2022, the average annual pay for the IHSS in California is $30,027 a year, and that works out to be approximately $14.44 an hour. This is the equivalent of $577/week or $2,502/month.
Currently, as an IHSS Protective Supervision provider, the maximum number of hours you can claim is 283 per month. That equates to being able to receive $4,245 per month at the $15 per hour mark, with the maximum amount of hours.
How Long will the Application Process Take?
The application must be processed within 30 days following the application. This includes eligibility determination, the needs assessment, and the notice of action. An exception to the 30-day requirement may be made when a disability determination has not been received within the 30-day period, or the person has not moved into his or her own home.
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