What if I’m denied IHSS?

Parent Question
Mar. 4, 2022Updated Mar. 17, 2022

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.

The California Department of Social Services offers multiple methods for submitting a hearing request. You can request a hearing online or by phone at (800) 743-8525. You may also fill out the Request for State Hearing form included with your Notice of Action (NOA) — which is the form you get from IHSS that explains whether or not you were awarded hours, how many hours, and for which tasks — and mail it to California Department of Social Services State Hearings.

Be aware that if you are appealing because you feel your child needs more hours than what IHSS awarded, the county may either increase or decrease hours on appeal.

For more information about IHSS denial, check out our article How to Appeal If You Are Denied IHSS.

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