Aging and Adult Services: Support: In-Home Supportive Services: Public Authority

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.

Update AS OF JANUARY 22, 2015

Overtime payments will not start on January 1, 2015 as planned. For more details, please see notice from the CDSS (California Department of Social Services).


To: IHSS Recipients and Providers
On December 31, 2014, the California Department of Social Services notified the public that implementation of the California In-Home Supportive Services Program’s new overtime, travel and wait time rules was being delayed due to a federal court order. This letter contains further guidance.

In two orders issued December 22, 2014 and January 14, 2015, the U.S. District Court in Washington D.C. invalidated the U.S. Department of Labor’s changes to its rules regarding home care workers. Because of the court’s actions, the federal requirements for overtime and other compensation changes will not go into effect.

Accordingly, the California In-Home Supportive Services Program will not implement payments for overtime, travel, or wait time, and will not implement weekly hour limits.

What this means for recipients:

  • You may continue to receive care from your current provider for your monthly approved hours as you did in 2014.

What this means for the providers:

  • You will continue to be paid your regular hourly wage as you were in 2014.

The IHSS program will notify you if there is any change to payroll policy or procedures in the future.

Update 1/15/15: California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Media release. For additional information, go to CDSS website.

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