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The IHSS Home Interview: What to Expect

social-worker-IHSS-visitIn-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) is a federal program that provides financial assistance so you, as your child’s caretaker, can give the best supervision and care for your child in the comfort of your own home. This means that you can receive an hourly wage to take care of your child.

This is compensation so the government does not have to pay for your child to be in the care of a government institution, which was the norm in the past. Due to the increasing parental wish to keep their children at home, integrate them into their local communities, and send them to the special needs programs provided by their own school districts, most of the institutions were closed down and the government offered to pay the families to be the caregivers instead. And even though the government is saving a lot of money by paying parents directly instead of maintaining these institutions to stay open while also paying for doctors, nurses, administrators and staff, these benefits don't come by easily and the process to apply is long and complex.
During the application process, you will undergo a home interview, which includes a visit from a social worker who will assess the capabilities of your child. To best prepare for this interview, read the information below. While the process is fairly straightforward, you will feel more confident and relaxed if you know what to expect.
Upon entering your home, department officials must identify themselves, show photo identification, and their badge. The representative must be professional at all times, and must act according to the law. This means that they may not infringe upon your constitutional rights or the constitutional rights of anyone else, including searching your home or removing physical items of evidence, or treating you with disrespect. An inspection of your home or your possessions has to be necessary for verifying your eligibility and your child’s need for services.
During the interview with the county representative, it is important that you have every piece of documented evidence of why your child needs IHSS. Your child’s IEP should also be present, as well as any documents from his doctor or other healthcare providers. Also, ABA goals to stop wandering such as the Stop/Go activity can also be helpful in your case. It is beneficial to keep a Dangerous Behavior Log to share with the social worker. Once the case is approved, you will get a Notice of Action, which breaks down all the hours of total need for which most come from Protective Supervision.
If you feel overwhelmed and you need help, please contact us.
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