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What is the maximum number of IHSS hours my child can receive?

What is the maximum number of IHSS hours my child can receive?


Published: Jul. 9, 2024

IHSS is broken down into several different services to include protective supervision and paramedical. It's funded by different sources, and different services have different max hours. The total maximum is 283 per month.

When IHSS performs a whole assessment, if a person has 20 hours or more of personal care/paramedical per week, they're considered “severely impaired,” and the monthly max is 283.

If the person has fewer than those 20 hours per week, they're considered “non-severely impaired,” and the max is 195 hours per month.

With kids on the Medi-Cal waiver for Regional Center clients, the maximum IHSS hours in that case is whatever their monthly hours are for all of their personal care, accompaniment and paramedical, plus 195 if they have protective supervision.

IHSS counts 4.33 weeks per month. A max of 283 hours means that the person who is severely impaired is not actually getting 195 hours of protective supervision because their other care services are bumping up their total number of care hours, so whatever is left is going to be protective supervision.

For detailed information about how IHSS assigns hours, you can check out this video (walking through an IHSS Notice of Action](/resources/your-guide-to-an-ihss-notice-of-action-1537)

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