If you are taking care of a child with a disability like autism, you could qualify for financial benefits as an In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) provider. In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) is a California government program that provides economic support for in-home caretakers of impaired elders, persons with disabilities, and children with developmental disabilities. But what if you already get Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)? Can you still get IHSS too?
Generally, a parent’s income and resources are considered when you apply for SSDI for your child. This means that part of the amount of money you make at work and other financial resources count against the child in determining whether or not the child is eligible for SSDI.
However, Social Security does not count the following as a resource for purposes of determining a child’s SSI eligibility:
Social Security does not count the following as income for purposes of determining a child’s SSI eligibility:
Additionally, income and resources counted for purposes of determining a child’s financial eligibility for SSI and the amount of the child’s SSI check cannot be counted again to determine the Medi-Cal eligibility of other members of the family.
When a person or couple is eligible to become an IHSS provider, a social worker comes to the home to assess the need for services.
To be eligible for Protective Supervision, your child must have:
County staff is also required to explain the availability and need for Protective Supervision services and whether or not out-of-home care would be an appropriate alternative to Protective Supervision.
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