Are you the parent of a child who has autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, or another type of disability? If so, you may qualify for financial assistance, such In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS). If you’ve applied for IHSS and been denied, you can still receive funding by appealing. But should you hire a disability lawyer to help you win your IHSS appeal?
For parents of children with special needs, Protective Supervision, part of the IHSS program, can provide payments every month so you can stay home and properly care for your child. However, the application process is lengthy, and can be frustrating and confusing. For those who are trying to receive benefits for IHSS, a denial or a low number of hours can be stressful. You might think it would be easier to get a disability lawyer to help.
There are numerous advantages to hiring an experienced disability lawyer. A knowledgeable attorney understands exactly how to present your case to give you the best chances of winning your claim. The key component to any IHSS appeal is providing adequate evidence. In addition to helping you understand what medical information is needed, your disability lawyer can assist you in collecting and presenting the relevant documentation.
If your IHSS case needs to be appealed at a disability hearing, your disability lawyer can prepare you for that meeting, helping you to feel at ease so you know exactly what to expect. He or she will identify and prepare appropriate witnesses on your behalf as well.
However, there is a big disadvantage to hiring a disability lawyer, and that is cost. It can be very expensive to get an attorney to help you with your IHSS appeal, and most families don’t have thousands of dollars to pay for legal aid.
But there is hope. You can appeal the decision yourself or get an advocate instead.
If you have received a Notice of Action that hours are being cut or terminated, you must request a hearing within 10 business days to keep your benefits during the appeal process. If you miss the deadline, you still have 90 days to file an appeal:
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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