In-Home Supportive Services Resources

Call or visit your county In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) office to complete an IHSS application. Once IHSS gets your application, a caseworker will conduct a needs assessment to figure out the services and number of hours IHSS may provide to assist you.

The California Department of Social Services provides a variety of resources and information on IHSS, including many fact sheets and videos.

The California Association for Public Authorities for IHSS helps consumers gain access to service providers in their local area.

The California Advocates for Nursing Reform provide a fact sheet and local phone numbers for information on IHSS.

Disability Rights California has articles on various topics related to IHSS, including a complete IHSS manual.

Getting Help with your Benefits

To find an expert who can provide help with your benefits, visit the DB101 Find an Expert page. For questions about work and your Social Security benefits, you can call the Ticket to Work Help Line at 1-866-968-7842 / 1-866-833-2967 (TTY/TDD).

Community Based Organizations

Various community-based organizations provide staff to work with people concerning a range of options on state, federal, public, and private health and income programs. Counseling about benefits, as a community service, is an emerging field of expertise with different levels of services available. Some organizations may work with specific populations while others work with individuals with any type of disability.

Goodwill Industries services range from personal evaluation and office skills training to career counseling, childcare, and transportation. Some of these centers conduct Benefits Planning Assistance and Outreach for Social Security and Medicare beneficiaries related to work activity.

Goodwill IndustriesFind locations at www.Goodwill.org, or by calling (voice) 1-800-664-6577.

California Foundation for Independent Living Centers logoThe California Foundation for Independent Living Centers lists centers serving individuals with all disabilities. Many of these centers conduct Benefits Planning Assistance and Outreach for Social Security and Medicare beneficiaries related to work activity. Most independent living centers can refer callers to local benefit program information if they do not have these services.

Find the list of independent living centers at www.CFILC.org, or by calling (voice) 1-916-325-1690 or (TTY) 1-916-325-1695.

The California Department of Public Health's Office of AIDS lists 1,300 organizations providing HIV/AIDS services throughout California. Some of these organizations offer case management, benefits planning, and benefits counseling services that can include assistance with public and private benefits programs. You can search the list online, or call (voice) 1-800-367-AIDS (2437) or (TTY) 1-888-225-AIDS (2437).

Disability Rights California provides representation for consumers of public programs who are disabled. Website publications include topics on health care, benefit programs, and In-Home Supportive Services.

Learn more about Medi-Cal

To learn more about Medi-Cal:

The Health Consumer Alliance website provides publications on many aspects of Medi-Cal.

The National Immigration Law Center has a section on immigrants and public benefits, including health care.