How many In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) hours can I receive?

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Feb. 2, 2022Updated Mar. 17, 2022

The maximum allowable IHSS hours vary depending on whether the recipient is deemed “severely impaired” or “non-severely impaired.” An IHSS recipient is classified as severely impaired if they are authorized for 20 or more hours per week of non-medical personal services, paramedical services, and meal preparation. A severely impaired IHSS recipient can be authorized for up to 283 hours per month. If the recipient needs more than the maximum allowable hours per month, this overage, referred to as “unmet need,” should be documented in the Notice of Action, which is the form you get from IHSS that explains whether or not you were awarded hours, how many hours, and for which tasks. An IHSS recipient who is non-severely impaired (NSI) may be authorized for up to 195 hours per month. If a child qualifies for protective supervision, they will receive their monthly hours plus 195 hours for protective supervision.

For more information about what to expect, see our article In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS): Learn the Essentials.

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