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How Much Does IHSS Pay Caregivers?

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There are resources available in the state of California if you’re a parent struggling financially to raise your child with autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, or another disability. Benefits such as In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) pays caregivers if you are eligible. This funding can be used to meet your child’s daily needs and can help pay the expenses associated with her disability. But, how much does IHSS pay caregivers?

What is an IHSS caregiver?

In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) is a program designated to help children as well as the elderly who have disabilities to 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. The program pays a monthly amount to caregivers of children with special needs. This includes parents.

Eligibility for IHSS as a caregiver

If you are a California resident and receive Medi-Cal benefits, you may be eligible for IHSS. Eligibility is assessed with an evaluation regarding whether your child needs the services it provides to stay safely in your own home as an alternative to out-of-home placement.

As a parent, can I become an IHSS caregiver?

There are many circumstances that permit a parent of a child with a disability to receive IHSS payments:

  • If the parent quit his or her job or can’t get a job because he or she must care for the disabled child.
  • If no other suitable care provider is available (willing and able).
  • If the child is at risk of out-of-home placement or inadequate care.
  • 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 California pay IHSS caregivers?

Even though each county in California sets its own pay wages, recent legislation created opportunities for counties to increase In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) caregiver pay and benefits. 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 caregiver wages and benefits with varying effects on state and county costs.

On January 1, 2020, the minimum wage increased 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 caregiver, the maximum number of hours you can claim is 283 per month. That equates to $3,679 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.

If you feel overwhelmed and you need help, please contact us.

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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