If I Apply for IHSS, Will My SSI Be Affected?
If you are struggling financially to raise your child with special needs such as autism, Down syndrome or cerebral palsy, you may be eligible to receive financial benefits such as In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS). This funding can be used to meet your child’s daily needs and can help pay the expenses associated with his disability. But, what if you already get financial benefits such as SSI? Will your SSI be affected if you apply for IHSS?
In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS)
Like SSI, In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) is a program government-run program offered by the state of California. IHSS is 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.
Qualifying 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 regarding whether your child needs the services it provides to stay safely in your own home as an alternative to out-of-home placement.
Applying for IHSS when you already have SSI
Can you keep your SSI and still apply for IHSS? Yes. IHSS payments will not affect a child’s SSI because this is considered exempt income under SSI rules. When IHSS rules changed to allow Medi-Cal funding for parent providers, these payments became income and property exempt under all of the state’s Medi-Cal programs for IHSS provided to children under 21.
How much does IHSS Pay in California?
Similar to SSI, IHSS offers financial benefits to families with children with special needs. 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.
The Application Process
Also like SSI, there is an application process for IHSS. 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 this process sounds overwhelming and you feel you need help, you can always reach out to 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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