California's IHSS Advocates David, Larry, and Shirley
Our mission is to provide California families that have children diagnosed with developmental disabilities, such as ASD, with tools & services to obtain and maintain Protection Supervision. We provide assistance and representation throughout the application; assessment, reassessment, and administrative hearing processes.
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Getting Started with California IHSS
How to guide to California's IHSS program. In this overview you will learn about the IHSS program, eligibility, how to apply, and what to expect during the initial intake assessment.
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IHSS Videos

Denied Protective Supervision & Considering Using an IHSS Advocate

IHSSadvocates provides full service representation for those families pursuing in-home supportive service benefits. Specifically, our program focuses on over turning denials of families with developmentally disabled children seeking Protective Supervision. This video is the first installment in a series of informative tutorials designed to assist those families interested in pursuing IHSS services on their own... See Video

Nonself-Direction in Approval of Protective Supervision

In this IHSS video we discuss the term nonself-direction and how it affects the approval of Protective Supervision for families with developmentally disabled children. Featuring IHSS advocates Larry Rosen and David Wolff. See Video

Engagement in Potentially Dangerous Activities

How to establish that your nonself-directing & mentally-impaired child is likely to engage in potentially dangerous activities. What does and does not qualify for Protective Supervision. Featuring IHSS advocate Larry Rosen of IHSSadvocates. See Video

IHSS Regulations

How to: Request a State Hearing & Request for Review

Requesting a fair hearing is pretty simple and there are several ways this can be done. All you have to do is say you want one. It is always best to ask for the hearing in writing. You should keep a copy of the request and make very clear that...Read More

Rehearing Review Process/Protocols

If you've been denied IHSS and you believe the decision was unfair, inadequate, legally and/or factually incorrect, the first step to appeal the decision is to request a rehearing. The Rehearing Review Protocols document provides you with an overview of the laws governing the rehearing review process that...Read More

IHSS Regulations - Social Services Standards Manual of Policies and Procedures

Finding IHSS regulations on CDSS website can be a cumbersome task. Chapter 30-700 of the "Social Services Standards Manual" contains just about everything you need to know about the state's In-Home Supportive program. Click here for the links to both chapters.

Autism Info

GFCF Chocolate Chip Cookies with Almond Flour Recipe

GFCF Chocolate Chip CookiesThe jury is basically out to lunch when it comes to the positive effects of a gluten-free/casein-free diet and autism with the peer reviewed Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders reporting research from double blind trials in 2015 saying its ineffective, and hundreds of other studies and anecdotal research supporting the positive effects of a gluten-free/casein-free (GFCF) diet, leaving families to...Read More

Keep the Change: New Rom-Com Changes the Autism Conversation

The conversation that romantic comedy, Keep the Change sparks is wide-ranging as it explores autism along the spectrum with three different autistic people cast in the roles of autistic people, each with their own quirks - quirks which aren't necessarily the stereotypical extraordinary ones that the media generally depicts with autism. In other words, not everyone on the spectrum is a...Read More

Considering a Connection Between Sudden Genius and Autistic Savant Syndrome

Researchers have found that when the brain is injured, dead and dying cells leak serotonin into the surrounding tissue, an effect similar to how LSD affects the brain. Physically, this seems to encourage new connections between brain regions - new connections that researchers have seen clearly when imaging brains post-injury. And when these new connections between brain regions are forged, researchers have found that other brain regions that had been more dominant prior to the injury can become less dominant, thus allowing... Read More

Notice 2014-7 Information Center

IHSS Income Excluded From Gross Income

Update: New Q&A's from the IRS - "Certain Medicaid Waiver Payments May Be Excludable From... Read More

IHSS Income Not Federally Taxable

The IRS just recently published this document to provide clarity to the earlier released... Read More

Notice 2014-7 Explained by Regina Levy, CPA

Gina Levy has been described as the "special needs CPA" by her clients. She has been the... Read More