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About the Public Authority

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The Public Authority works as a partner with In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) in San Mateo County to serve providers and consumers in the program. Public Authorities were established by State mandate to act as the Employer of Record and to operate a Registry of providers to serve IHSS 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.

The Public Authority provides the following services in San Mateo County:

  • Provides lists of screened providers to IHSS recipients/consumers.
  • Provides assistance to IHSS recipients/consumers who require additional help in hiring a provider or in establishing a positive working relationship with their Registry provider.
  • Free educational workshops to providers and consumers.
  • Personnel services/benefits for IHSS providers.