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Get Ready for Your IHSS Home Assessment Interview

Get Ready for Your IHSS Home Assessment Interview

The purpose of In-Home Supportive Service (IHSS) payments is to help children who are disabled, or their families, who have limited financial resources. Children with special needs such as autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, and epilepsy may be eligible for IHSS disability benefits. If you are the parent of a child with a disability, you can apply to become your child’s caretaker, and this money can help provide needed therapies and care to maximize your child’s abilities and strengths. Part of the application process is an assessment by a state case representative. Get ready for your IHSS home assessment interview with these tips.

What is IHSS?

In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) is a California program that provides financial assistance up to $3,900 per month for you to stay at home as your child’s caretaker, while receiving an hourly wage to take care of your child.

Why the IHSS Home Assessment is Important

The amount of IHSS you get depends on how many hours of care your child needs. A county social worker calculates the hours of need after doing an IHSS home assessment. This is an assessment of your child’s limitations in doing activities of daily living. After the social worker does the home assessment interview and calculates the hours of need, the social worker compares the home assessment interview to the hours of need to make sure that your child is getting the correct number of hours he actually needs.

The hours of need are then used as the basis for how much money you will receive each month, calculated by the hourly wage IHSS currently pays.

To best prepare for this interview, read the information below. While the process is fairly straightforward, you will feel more confident and relaxed if you know what to expect.

Before the IHSS Home Assessment Interview

The key is to make sure you have as much information as possible that shows how your case matches the IHSS requirements. It is important that you have every piece of documented evidence of why your child needs IHSS financial assistance. Your child’s IEP should also be present, as well as any documents from his doctor or other healthcare providers. Also, ABA goals to stop wandering such as the Stop/Go activity can also be helpful in your case. It is beneficial to keep a Dangerous Behavior Log to share with the social worker.

Any medical information can help your case as well. Get doctor’s notes, results from medical tests, and information about any therapies. Ask for statements from teachers or other professionals who know how the disability affects your child. 

During the IHSS Home Assessment Interview

Upon entering your home, department officials must identify themselves, show photo identification, and their badge. The representative must be always professional and must act according to the law. This means that they may not infringe upon your constitutional rights or the constitutional rights of anyone else, including searching your home or removing physical items of evidence, or treating you with disrespect. An inspection of your home or your possessions must be necessary for verifying your eligibility and your child’s need for services.

Remember that the application process can be very lengthy, and you may need to seek the help of a disability advocate to present your case.

If you feel overwhelmed and you need help, please contact us.

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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