When your child has special needs such as autism, Down syndrome or cerebral palsy, you as a parent may be struggling financially. This is especially so if you have to cut your work hours or quit your job altogether to take care of your child. How will you pay your bills?
Fortunately, you may be eligible to receive government benefits. This funding can be used to meet your child’s daily needs and can help pay the expenses associated with your child’s disability.
What Is 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 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.
In-Home Supportive Services provide crucial financial benefits for families of children with developmental disabilities. Unfortunately, applying for and receiving these benefits are notoriously difficult and many families give up after encountering road block after road block.
What Are IHSS and Protective Supervision Benefits?
While a variety of benefits are available through IHSS, the most important for families of children with special needs is “Protective Supervision.” When you are approved for IHSS Protective Supervision, you will receive an hourly wage to stay home and care for your child. This wage is exempt from federal income taxes.
Few things can make such a big difference in the lives of a family as the ability to give your special needs child the full care he or she deserves, without endangering your family finances. If your child has been diagnosed with ASD or another development disability, you may be eligible for Protective Supervision.
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.
But the application process can be confusing, and at present only 10% of eligible families receive this credit.
How an Advocate Helps
The IHSS application process generally involves a written application, an in-home interview with a social worker, and medical records. Once approved, there will be ongoing assessments. An advocate can assist at every stage of this process whether you are a first-time applicant or your application has been denied.
For first time applicants an advocate will:
- Determine if you are eligible
- Create a plan with you to maximize your benefits
- Perform all necessary research and complete all paperwork
- Obtain any required medical records
- Assist you through the interview and all processing
If you applied for IHSS benefits and were rejected, an advocate will:
- Review your case with you
- Check all records and research the reason for your rejection
- Assist you in appealing your application
- Represent you at hearings
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.
Contact us for help. Dial (877) 283-4807 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.