Getting Started with California IHSS

This publication is intended to help you represent yourself and others in fair hearings when there is a dispute about the number of In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) hours you need. This information packet will also help you prepare for the County IHSS worker's initial intake assessment or the annual review. Doing a self assessment will help you figure out how many hours you think you need and what to point out to the worker who does the assessment.

This publication is also intended to explain many changes that have happened in the past year regarding how IHSS services are now administered in California. This revision includes changes in the IHSS program since Disability Rights California's IHSS Self-Assessment and Fair Hearing Packet was last updated in 2002. Some issues which existed even prior to the recent changes are now addressed here with the intent to provide a more comprehensive overview of the IHSS system.

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