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General information

The Public Authority assists In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) consumers in need of a homecare worker, by maintaining a list of qualified individuals who are interested in working as an independent provider. Registry workers who have passed background checks are referred to IHSS consumers based on their needs. A registry specialist is available to provide assistance to consumers who require additional help in hiring a provider or in establishing a positive relationship with their worker. The Public Authority also provides personnel services for IHSS providers and offers training to providers and consumers. The Public Authority is a separate agency from the County and is governed by the Board of Supervisors with input from an advisory committee.

New Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Program Requirements starting February 1, 2016

Important information for IHSS Providers (TEMP 3001)

English Spanish Chinese

  • For Current Providers who have 1 Recipient and/or work less than 160 hours per month: English Spanish
  • For Current Providers who have more than 1 Recipient and/or work more than 160 hours per month: English Spanish
  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for new Overtime and Travel Pay Rules: English Spanish
  • Watch the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) informational video about the new IHSS program changes regarding overtime, travel time pay, information on violations, instructions for completing timesheets and Travel Claim forms. Click here to watch the English, Spanish & Chinese Video

​Training and Classes

IHSS Essential Caregiving Skills Workshops for Providers: Start the New Year off learning new caregiving knowledge and skills. Class schedule will be available in January 2018. Class space is limited so register early!

IHSS 2018 Provider Specialty Topics Workshops Coming Soon!

Take a class and get reimbursed: The Public Authority’s Job Development Reimbursement Program reimburses eligible IHSS providers up to $300 per year to take classes to improve their caregiving skills including certification and re-certification for CPR-First Aid-AED. Download the application: English or Spanish.

For more information, please contact Martha Gonzalez at (650) 578-7143.

Check back frequently for updates!

Public Authority Advisory Committee

The Public Authority Advisory Committee provides public input in the operation of the In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) homecare provider registry, training for IHSS Providers and Consumers and ongoing advice and assistance about Public Authority policy and program development. The committee is comprised of 5 members appointed by the Board of Supervisors. The majority of committee members are consumers (current or past users of IHSS) and the remaining members are appointed based on their interest in public service and experience and/or educational background relevant to the functions of the Public Authority.

 For more information about the Public Authority Advisory Committee, please contact (650) 573-3900.

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