IHSS stands for In-Home Supportive Services. IHSS provides services to adults and children withdevelopmental disabilities who live inthe community in their own or family homes.
Some services provided by IHSS are: - Personal care, which includes assistance with walking or moving around, bathing, bowel or bladder care, dressing, feeding, grooming,menstrual care, repositioning and skin care.
-Domestic Services, which includes cleaning, chores, shopping,preparation of food, laundry, meal cleanup, menu planning, and restaurant meal allowance.
-Other services such as heavy cleaning, protective supervision, respite care, teaching and demonstration, transportation, and yard hazard abatement.
If you want to know if you are eligible visit:http://www.dss.cahwnet.gov/cdssweb /PG135.htm
For those who are trying to receive benefits for IHSS, a denial can bestressful. The process for challenging a denial can be daunting because there are timelines and a hearing involved.The matter can also involve the courts.
If you are denied IHSS, here is a littlebit of information you should know. Todetermine whether you should file anappeal you should ask the question: Is the county decision appropriate, andare there laws and medical records to support the appeal?
If the person is already receiving IHSS services, file the request for appeal during the 10 calendar days BEFORE the Notice of Action is effective. Thebenefits will not change until there is a hearing and a decision is issued. A request for hearing MUST be filedwithin 90 calendar days after the date of the county action or inaction.
A written request for a rehearing must be filed within 30 calendar days ofreceipt after the decision is received. A request for a state hearing may be written or oral and there is a request form on the back of the Notice of Action.
The request for a state hearing shouldinclude: the aid program involved (i.e.,IHSS), the reason for the disagreement with the county action, if an interpreter is needed and what kind, and a copy of the applicable Notice of Action.
The IHSS denial challenge process can be very complicated involvingwitnesses and evidence. Also, since an appeal to a court of competentjurisdiction is involved, it is critical that your initial appeal of denial be based on solid evidence.
If you believe you require an IHSS appeal of a denial or, you areappealing a final decision of an appealand are prepared to appeal to a courtof competent jurisdiction, you should consider hiring an attorney.
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