San Benito County

Health & Human Services Agency

Hollister, California

 

Children and Adult Services

Child Protective Services

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Adult Protective Services

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Resource Family Approval
Foster Parent Program(RFA)

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CASA - Court Appointed
Special Advocates

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In-Home Supportive Services

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Public Authority

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Child Abuse Prevention
Council of San Benito County

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Child Protective Services
(CPS)

Child Protective Services provides protection for children who are at risk of, or are experiencing physical, sexual, or emotional abuse, or emotional or physical neglect. The focus is on the safety of the child and support for parents to strengthen families and promote safe nurturing homes for children. The Agency screens and investigates reports of abuse, neglect, or harm; provides families with referrals to community resources, including (but not limited to) mental health services, domestic violence services, substance abuse services, and parenting education services; provides supportive services to children and families in their homes; provides out of home placement and permanency planning when necessary; and provides services to help foster care youth transition to adulthood.

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Adult
Protective Services
(APS)

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San Benito County Adult Protective Services (APS) helps elder adults (65 years and older) and dependent adults (18-64 who are disabled), when these adults are unable to meet their own needs, or are victims of abuse, neglect or exploitation. The Agency investigates reports of abuse of elders and dependent adults who live in private homes, apartments, hotels or hospitals.  APS staff also provides information and referrals to other agencies and educates the public about reporting requirements and responsibilities under the Elder and Dependent Adult Abuse Reporting laws.

In-Home Supportive Services
(IHSS)

The IHSS Program will help pay for services provided to you so that you can remain safely in your own home. To be eligible, you must be over 65 years of age, or disabled, or blind. Disabled children are also potentially eligible for IHSS. IHSS is considered an alternative to out-of-home care, such as nursing homes or board and care facilities. The types of services which can be authorized through IHSS are housecleaning, meal preparation, laundry, grocery shopping, personal care services (such as bowel and bladder care, bathing, grooming and paramedical services), accompaniment to medical appointments, and protective supervision for the mentally impaired.​

Eligibility Criteria for all IHSS Applications and Recipients

  • You must physically reside in the United States.
  • You must also be a California resident.
  • You must have a Medi-Cal eligibility determination.
  • You must live at home or an abode of your own choosing (acute care hospital, long-term care facilities, and licensed community care facilities are not considered “own home”).
  • You must submit a completed Health Care Certification form.

How to Apply for In-Home Care

To apply for IHSS, call us at 831-634-0784 between 8am and 5pm, Monday through Friday and provide the following information:

  • Name, gender, address, telephone number, date of birth, social security number, Medi-Cal number, ethnicity, and language spoken; spouse’s name, social security number, and date of birth; guardian or contact’s name, relationship, and telephone.
  • Information related to housing and income, if known; medical problems or diagnoses, including name of medical doctor, address and telephone number; and client’s level of mobility or function (e.g., walks alone or bedbound).
  • Information about supportive resources currently being used, if known (e.g., Home Health Agency, Meals-on-Wheels, etc.).

How the Program Works

  • A county social worker will interview you at your home to determine your eligibility and need for IHSS. Based on your ability to safely perform certain tasks for yourself, the social worker will assess the types of services you need and the number of hours the county will authorize for each of these services. This assessment will include information given by you and, if appropriate, by your family, friends, physician or other licensed health care professional.
  • A completed Health Care Certification (SOC 873) must be received by the county prior to authorization of services.
  • You will be notified if IHSS has been approved or denied. If denied, you will be notified of the reason for the denial. If approved, you will be notified of the services and the number of hours per month which have been authorized for you.
  • If you are approved for IHSS, you must hire someone (your individual provider) to perform the authorized services. You are considered your provider’s employer and, therefore, it is your responsibility to hire, train, supervise, and fire this individual.
  • If your county has contracted IHSS providers, you may choose to have services provided by the contractor.
  • If your county has homemaker employees, you may receive services from a county homemaker.

What We Do

  • Maintain a Registry of screened, diverse and available providers
    Learn more about our Registry for providers
    Learn more about our Registry for consumers
  • Provide lists of available providers to IHSS consumers.
  • Assist consumers in their role of supervising home care providers.
  • Assist with communication issues between consumers and providers.
  • Information and referral.
  • Serve participants who are high users of multiple healthcare systems and reduce costly hospitalizations and visits to the emergency department by assisting them with services and supports necessary to break down the barriers and challenges that prevent them from being successful in managing their illnesses or stabilizing their lives.”

Public Authority

Mission

The mission of the Public Authority is to enhance the availability and quality of IHSS and personal assistance services. To give consumers and providers a voice in IHSS and Public Authority policy, program development and operations, to provide consumers with access to providers who meet consumers’ service needs and to provide services that support a positive and productive relationship between consumer, provider and IHSS Social Worker.​

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What We Do

  • Maintain a Registry of screened, diverse and available providers
    Learn more about our Registry for providers
    Learn more about our Registry for consumers
  • Provide lists of available providers to IHSS consumers.
  • Assist consumers in their role of supervising home care providers.
  • Assist with communication issues between consumers and providers.
  • Information and referral.
  • Serve participants who are high users of multiple healthcare systems and reduce costly hospitalizations and visits to the emergency department by assisting them with services and supports necessary to break down the barriers and challenges that prevent them from being successful in managing their illnesses or stabilizing their lives

If you are interested in applying to become an IHSS provider, please contact us at 831-634-0784 
between 8am and 5pm, Monday through Friday.

Children & Adult Services

1111 San Felipe Road, Suite 205

Hollister, CA. 95023

Monday-Friday 8 am to 5 pm

(831) 636-4190

Fax: (831) 637-2910

TDD/TTY:  (831) 634-4969

Deputy Director:  Joshua Mercier

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