In-Home Supportive Services


In-Home Supportive Services

The In-Home Supportive Services program, IHSS, assists low-income older adults and people with disabilities with in-home care in order to help them remain safely and independently in their homes. IHSS is considered an alternative to out-of-home care, such as nursing homes or board and care facilities. IHSS services may includes domestic services such as housework, meal preparation and laundry, personal care services and accompaniment to medical appointments. More than 467,000 individuals use the IHSS program to remain safely in their homes.

Budget Priority

Support Funding to Address IHSS Case Management, Information, and Payrolling System (CMIPS) Backlog

The County Welfare Directors Association of California (CWDA) and the California State Association of Counties (CSAC) support the Assembly version of the 2018-19 budget to include $2.5 million General Fund (one-time) and trailer bill language to address the automation backlog in the In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) automation system known as CMIPS. The Assembly version will improve CMIPS automation so county social workers can better serve IHSS providers and consumers without burdensome workarounds.

Budget Priority

Support In Home Supportive Services Administration Funding

The California Association of Counties (CSAC) and the County Welfare Directors Association of California (CWDA) are in support of additional funding above that provided in the May Revision to support county administrative costs in the In Home Supportive Services (IHSS) Program. We are grateful for the $22.8 million General Fund provided in the May Revision and all the work done by the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) on a new budget methodology for IHSS administration that led to the additional funding.


1991 Realignment Presentation

This presentation on 1991 Realignment was given to the CWDA Board on February 10, 2017 as primer for understanding the impacts of the proposed IHSS MOE Elimination in the 2017-18 budget. 

Budget Priority

Oppose Ending CCI, County IHSS MOE & Shifting IHSS Collective Bargaining to Counties

CWDA and several other county associations, including CSAC, oppose dismantling the CCI, the county IHSS MOE, and shifting IHSS collective bargaining to counties as proposed by the Administration that would resul in more than $623 million in increased county costs above the amount that counties are dedicating to their current MOE obligations in 2017-18. The following letters outline our collective concerns.


IHSS Inter-County Transfer Form

This form provides for standard information when transferring and receiving IHSS cases between counties.