How Much Does IHSS Pay Per Hour?
If your child has a disability like autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, or epilepsy, and your family is struggling financially, you may be eligible to receive benefits such as In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS). This money can be used to help raise your child and to meet her daily needs, including paying for bills and expenses associated with her disability. But many people ask: how much does IHSS pay per hour?
In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS)
In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) is a program designated to help children as well as the elderly who have disabilities so they can safely remain in their own homes when they are not able to fully care for themselves. It is an alternative to out-of-home care in nursing homes and institutions.
Qualifications for IHSS
If you are a California resident and receive Medi-Cal benefits, you may be eligible for IHSS. Eligibility is assessed with an evaluation to see whether your child needs the services IHSS provides so he can stay safely in your own home as an alternative to out-of-home placement.
The IHSS In-Home Assessment
The IHSS in-home assessment is initiated by the county Social Services Agency at the time of application, every twelve months thereafter, and whenever the county has information that the recipient’s physical/mental condition or living/social condition has changed. The number of hours authorized may change with each evaluation. The reason for the assessment is to evaluate your child’s physical or mental condition, living and social situation, and ability to perform various functions of daily life, as well as the statement of need and medical records.
As a Parent, Can I Get Paid as an IHSS provider?
There are many circumstances that permit a parent of a disabled child to receive IHSS payments: (1) If the parent quit his or her job or can’t get a job because he or she must care for the disabled child. (2) If no other suitable care provider is available (willing and able). (3) If the child is at risk of out-of-home placement or inadequate care. (4) If both the parents live in the home, one parent may get paid when the other parent is working, in school, or disabled.
How Much Does IHSS Pay Per Hour?
Recent legislation created various options for counties to implement In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) provider wage and benefit increases. Specifically, recent state minimum wage increases and budget-related legislation adopted in 2017‑18 instituted both temporary and permanent changes to how counties can increase IHSS provider wages and benefits with varying effects on state and county costs.
On January 1, 2019, the minimum wage increased to $12 per hour.
On January 1, 2020, the minimum wage will increase to $13 per hour.
On January 1, 2021, the minimum wage will increase to $14 per hour.
On January 1, 2022, the minimum wage will increase to $15 per hour.
Currently, as an IHSS Protective Supervision provider, the maximum number of hours you can claim is 283 per month. That equates to $3,396 per month today.
How Long will the Application Process Take?
The application must be processed within 30 days following the application. This includes eligibility determination, the needs assessment, and the notice of action. An exception to the 30-day requirement may be made when a disability determination has not been received within the 30-day period, or the person has not moved into his or her own home.
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American Disability Association is dedicated to the wellbeing and protection of children with disabilities and actively provides support to enhance their quality of life. Whether you are dealing with federal or state benefits or struggling with a school district to get proper education for your child, we have the resources to help you. Many individuals and families managing a disability are not aware of the wide array of services available to them, or they do not know how to apply for these benefits in a way that is likely to succeed.
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