Choose Your IHSS Provider

Jul. 3, 2021Updated Nov. 11, 2022

If you are ineligible to be a parent provider for In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS), you must hire someone to perform the authorized services. Learn more about parent providers and third-party providers here.

Parent providers

“Q. MPP Section 30-763.455 states "A parent provider.........shall be paid for performing authorized services regardless of the presence of the parent in the home, including non-work hours, weekends and holidays." In a two-parent home with one parent being the IHSS provider, is the other parent, who is employed outside the home, considered a suitable provider when they are available during non-work hours, weekends and holidays?

A. No, a parent, who is employed full-time, is not considered a “suitable provider” if he/she is only available during non-work hours, weekends, and holidays. “IHSS may be purchased from a parent under the condition that the parent has left full-time employment or is prevented from full-time employment because no other provider is available…” (MPP Section 30- 763.451). This section refers to the presence of the other parent/non-provider parent in the home and should not affect payment to the parent provider.”

Third-party providers

If you are ineligible to be a parent provider, you must hire someone to perform the authorized services. If you need assistance locating a provider, call the Personal Assistance Services Council (PASC), the Public Authority for Los Angeles County IHSS providers. PASC operates a Provider Registry and will provide you with referrals to providers. Contact PASC at (877) 565-4477 or visit their website.

You may also have a family member or family friend become authorized to provide IHSS services. As with parent providers, third-party providers must be eligible to work in the United States, and will be required to complete background checks, fingerprinting and orientation.




Parent providers

Third-party providers

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Related Parent Questions

How many IHSS hours can I receive for protective supervision?
Severely impaired recipients will receive protective supervision hours on top of their other hours, up to a maximum of 283 hours per month. Non-severely impaired recipients will receive their monthly hours plus 195 protective supervision hours.
What if I’m denied IHSS?
It is very common to be denied for In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) the first time around, but many families succeed after appealing by requesting a state hearing.
What can In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) pay for?
For children, authorized In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) may include personal care services, meal preparation, paramedical services, accompaniment to medical appointments, and protective supervision to prevent injury to themselves or others.

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