Protective Supervision is part of the In-Home Support Services (IHSS) program in California. If you are raising a child with a developmental disability, such as autism, Down syndrome or cerebral palsy, you might be eligible for Protective Supervision, which allows financial support of up to $3,000 per month. This program is especially for children with disabilities who exhibit dangerous behavior without regard to consequences, and who need someone to supervise them 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to minimize injury to themselves.
An example of this behavior would be called eloping or wandering away. Many children with autism engage in this behavior. Other examples of behavior that some children exhibit that qualify for IHSS Protective Supervision are climbing up high, banging their head on the floors, walls or people, punching or slapping themselves in the face, or scratching themselves until they bleed.
If your child engages in any of the examples listed above or similar activities, you should pursue getting Protective Supervision.
Applying for Protective Supervision
If you feel your child might meet the qualifications, call your social worker and ask for an assessment for IHSS Protective Supervision.
Because case workers are so overloaded, you must keep calling every single week and checking in if you have an open case waiting for a decision. Additionally, you must have these documents organized and ready to submit:
Now look through all three documents: IPP, CDER, and IEP, to see if any of the three mentions any of the dangerous behavior your child engages in, and highlight them.
If there are behaviors he engages in that are not noted, you could call a meeting and have them added to his school and/or Regional Center reports.
Once you have all the above completed, call your social worker and tell him or her that you are applying for IHSS Protective Supervision. Also, keep track of every phone call, email or in-person contact you have with IHSS, including the date, time, the person you spoke with, and a summary of your conversation.
Meeting the Social Worker
When you meet the social worker for the home assessment, hand him or her the following:
Always make a complete copy of everything you give to IHSS.
If this process sounds daunting and you need help, you can always reach out to us. Our advocates can lead you through everything, as well as provide resources to better assist you and your child with special needs.
Go to http://www.americanadvocacygroup.com or call us directly at (877) 762-0702, and we will assist you in getting your child the funding he or she deserves.