December 24, 2010 > Reminder for In-Home Supportive Services providers to re-enroll
Reminder for In-Home Supportive Services providers to re-enroll
Submitted By California Department of Social Services
California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Director John Wagner on Wednesday reminded In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) workers to complete the new provider enrollment process before the end of the year or lose eligibility for the program.
"While we are pleased that most providers have already completed background check requirements, approximately 27,000 in-home supportive service workers need to take steps now to ensure they complete that process by the end of the year," Wagner said.
More than 380,000 providers have completed state requirements enacted in 2009, which include fingerprinting, undergoing a criminal background check and taking part in a provider orientation.
Assembly Bill, Fourth Extraordinary Legislative Session (ABX4) 19 (Chapter 17, Statutes of 2009) established additional enrollment requirements for all IHSS providers which were to be completed no later than July 1, 2010. Due to the volume of provider enrollment forms, orientations, and criminal background checks that could not be processed by counties by June 30, 2010, CDSS instructed counties via an All-County Letter that current providers who have completed one of four provider enrollment requirements will be allowed until December 31, 2010, to complete the remaining mandated enrollment requirements. Any provider who has not completed the entire process will then be terminated and no longer be paid by the IHSS program for any hours they work after December 31, 2010.
IHSS providers needing to take steps to re-enroll in the program should contact their county IHSS program or public authority to learn more about how to re-enroll. A list of IHSS contacts by counties can be found at http://www.cdss.ca.gov/agedblinddisabled/PG1785.htm.