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Know your rights: IHSS unannounced home visits

One of the anti fraud provisions in the 2009-10 state budget authorized unannounced visits by county or state agents to the homes of IHSS recipients.  Unfortunately, we have had reports that some counties are unfairly and improperly using this provision.  That’s why  UDW wants to make sure that all our members and their clients     KNOW THEIR RIGHTS.    Here is some valuable information from Disability Rights California  for you to share with your clients.  (Use this link to download the entire report.) 

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Understanding IHSS "unmet need" and how it impacts consumer hours

Why this is important: If the consumer has documented unmet need, across the board cuts to IHSS (like the recent 3.6 percent cut) will be applied first to this unmet need.  Therefore, the actual reduction in IHSS hours may be significantly less. Note that for almost 2,000 consumers with documented unmet need, the notices sent in late December about the 3.6% cut contained an inaccurate calculation of total authorized need.  DSS says that this was caused by a “programming error” and that corrected Notices of Action were sent to affected consumers on January 7, 2011. Know Your Rights “Unmet need” refers to a situation […]

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How much IHSS fraud is there?

Captiol Weekly  9/30/10 — Nearly a year after the Schwarzenegger administration awarded $26.5 million to county district attorneys to combat fraud in the state In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) system, DAs are beginning to report some results.  However, it remains unclear whether the program will result in the $130 million in savings promised by the governor, numbers that would indicate nearly $5 in return for every dollar spent.

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IHSS provider orientation video

IHSS provider orientation video

All IHSS providers must review orientation materials as part of the new state mandated requirement, in order to continue receiving their paycheck. Consumers are also impacted by the new rules, yet are not given the same opportunity to view these materials. The video linked below, is only a part of the package shown to all providers as part of the new Provider Orientation mandate. The strict time-for-task measures detailed in this video impact both IHSS consumers and providers. Since consumers are also legally responsible under the new law (by signature on the time card, and with threat of prosecution) for […]

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Latest IHSS requirements for providers

Here’s the latest news from CDSS on the requirements for IHSS providers. Letters have been sent by CDSS to  approximately 100,000 providers and consumers. TO: IN-HOME SUPPORTIVE SERVICES (IHSS) PROVIDERS Read June 15 All County Letter from DSS Find Live-Scan (Fingerprinting) locations in your area New State Law Requires IHSS Providers to: 1. Complete and sign a Provider Enrollment Form (SOC 426) and return it in person to the location designated by your county IHSS Program or IHSS Public Authority, and bring original documentation verifying your identity such as an unexpired driver’s license or photo identification AND original social security card. You must […]

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