Our attorneys work on reduced or low cost fees to help families or other providers obtain IHSS services.
The In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) Program helps pay for services provided to low-income elderly, blind or disabled individuals, including children, so that they can remain safely in their own home. IHSS is considered an alternative to out-of-home care, such as nursing homes or board and care facilities.
Some of the services that can be authorized through IHSS include: housecleaning, meal preparation, laundry, grocery shopping, personal care services (such as bowel and bladder care, bathing, grooming and paramedical services), accompaniment to medical appointments, and protective supervision for the mentally impaired.
Consumers of IHSS support services may appeal any denial or reduction in hours and services, including a refusal to allow the full number of hours the consumer feels s/he needs. The consumer also has a right to appeal a Share-of-Cost (SOC) determination (a decision asking that the consumer pay a share of the cost of in-home care because his/her income is above the SSI threshold.)
Since there are very quick timelines required for an appeal it is important to hire an attorney to preserve your services when you are notified of a reduction or of any change to your IHSS hours.