How to become an IHSS Provider

An IHSS provider is someone who gets paid to provide services to a person who receives in-home supportive services under the IHSS Program. If you want to become an IHSS provider, you must complete all of the steps outlined below before you can be enrolled as a provider and receive payment from the IHSS Program for providing services.

  1. Your IHSS recipient must call their Senior Benefits Clerk at the Public Authority to begin the enrollment process. The caseloads are distributed according to the first letter of the last name of the recipient. Please call (800) 333-1081 for assistance.
  1. You must complete a criminal background check through the California Department of Justice. Do not try to get fingerprinted until you have received instructions from the Public Authority.
  1. You must attend a two hour orientation session and present a government issued photo ID and your original Social Security card. You will watch a video and complete some forms.
  1. You must complete the SOC 426A Recipient Designation of Provider form and have your recipient sign it. This form must be returned to the Senior Benefits Clerk.

Upon completion of these steps, timesheets will be issued within 10 days.

If you would like to become an IHSS provider and do not currently have a recipient to work for, you may wish to apply to be on our Provider Registry. For information please call 1-800-333-1081 and ask to speak to a Registry Specialist.

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