WELCOME TO PUBLIC AUTHORITY!
To improve the availability and quality of homecare in Santa Barbara County
Welcome to the Santa Barbara County In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) Public Authority website! The goal of our new site is to keep both IHSS Providers and Recipients informed about what services and supports are available from the IHSS Public Authority as well as other community agencies.
WHAT IS THE PUBLIC AUTHORITY?
The mission of the IHSS Public Authority is to improve the quality of life for IHSS recipients in order live safely in their own homes with independence and dignity. The IHSS Public Authority supports seniors and persons with disabilities by providing access to pre-screened care providers who can deliver compassionate and timely care.
The IHSS Public Authority maintains a registry of IHSS potential providers, matching the needs of the IHSS recipient with the abilities of the IHSS provider, and helps new IHSS providers through the payroll enrollment process.
Once an IHSS provider enrolls in the payroll system, the IHSS Public Authority connects them to the IHSS recipient to begin issuing timesheets for payment processing.
IHSS providers play a very important role as trusted partners to those that want to live independently in their own homes. IHSS recipients hire qualified IHSS providers to help them with household tasks and personal needs including but not limited to the following:
- Grooming, bathing and dressing
- Bowel and bladder care
- Meal preparation
- Medical appointments
IHSS Providers make a positive impact in people's lives. They provide compassionate and professional care, while gaining valuable experience in the caregiving profession.
State law requires that all IHSS providers go through an enrollment process and pass a background check before they are eligible to be paid by the IHSS program.
- IHSS Providers offer assistance to eligible aged, blind and disabled individuals to live safely and independently in the comfort of their own homes. The IHSS Provider is chosen by the client and works in the client's home to do those tasks the client cannot do for themselves.