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In-Home Supportive Services
In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) provides personal care and domestic services to persons who are aged, blind or disabled and who live in their own homes. IHSS is provided to those who otherwise might be placed in an out-of-home care facility but who can safely remain in their own home if IHSS services are received.
Regional centers have a mandate not only to serve persons with developmental disabilities, but to provide services in the most cost-effective manner possible. They are required by the Lanterman Act to use all other sources of funding and services before using regional center funds to provide services. Persons who receive services from a regional center and are eligible for IHSS are expected to use IHSS services available to them.
The In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) program is administered by each county with oversight by the California Department of Social Services (CDSS). For application and eligibility information contact your local county welfare department, adult services section. Look for them in the county government section of your local telephone directory.
Laws and Regulations:
- California Welfare & Institutions Code (W & C Code)
- California Law
- CDSS Manual of Policies and Procedures
- CDSS All County Letters
- Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)
- Department of Social Services
For additional information about applying for or receiving IHSS services, contact your local regional center, supported living agency, or the:
California Department of Developmental Services
Community Services Division
Programs and Policy Branch