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IHSS Recipient Assessment & Services

IHSS recipients must be over 65, with disabilities or legally blind, and a citizen of the United States or a qualified alien. Children with disabilities are also eligible. Applicants may be eligible if any of the following are true:

  • Currently receive Supplemental Security Income/State Supplementary Payment (SSI/SSP)
  • Would otherwise be eligible for SSI/SSP except that income is more than the SSI/SSP eligibility limits
  • Meet all the SSI/SSP requirements, including income limits, but do not receive SSI/SSP 
  • Receive Medi-Cal* and meet SSI/SSP disability requirements

*Those enrolled in Medi-Cal may be responsible for a share of the cost

When a potential recipient applies for in-home assistance and meets eligibility requirements, a social worker makes a home visit to assess the applicant’s capabilities and determine what services are needed. The social worker asks about and observes the recipient’s medical and physical condition, living arrangements, and the amount of outside assistance he/she currently receives. The social worker may also consult with the recipient’s family, friends and health care practitioners.

Types of services available include light housecleaning, meal preparation, laundry, grocery shopping, personal care (such as bathing, grooming, and paramedical care), assistance with and attendance at medical appointments, and protective supervision.

For information about applying for IHSS or to apply by phone, call 805-654-3236.

To submit an IHSS application via fax, fax your application to 805-654-3206 (Ventura, Ojai, Camarillo, Oxnard area) or 805-306-7910 (Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley area) or email hsa-ihss-applications@ventura.org.

Changes have been made to the Application for In-Home Supportive Services (SOC 295L) to gather information the State is required to collect.  Under Assembly Bill 959, demographic information about an applicant’s sexual orientation and gender identity have been added to comply with this bill. Responses to the new questions in the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity section 2 of the application are optional and apply only to applicants who apply for IHSS beginning July 1, 2018. This demographic information will be used for statistical purposes only, it will not be used in any manner that connects the personal information to the individual whom the information relates to, and it will not affect the applicant’s In-Home Supportive Services eligibility determination.

Forms to Apply:

Application for In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) SOC 295L    español

IHSS Health Care Certification Form SOC 873   español

Most Asked Questions and Helpful Links

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