IN-HOME SUPPORTED SERVICES
In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) provides support and assistance to persons who are living independently but still need a minimal amount of support to maintain healthy functioning in the community. As such, IHSS offers support to individuals with various forms of mental illness.
Our service program is designed to meet a variety of needs ranging from intensive, structured assistance to a minimum of therapeutic supervision and support. All of our services provide the opportunity for individuals to develop independent living and socialization skills and to make use of vocational and educational assistance; these services provide a cost-effective alternative to hospital-based programs.
All of our counselors are well trained, experienced, and have Master’s degrees in counseling psychology or a closely related field. Moreover, all staff is trained to respond effectively and decisively should any crisis situations arise. Counselors and consumers are matched according to the consumer’s needs, goals, and objectives.
Services may include the following:
- Weekly or daily contact and timely assistance with living and treatment needs.
- Helping consumers to achieve Vocational and Educational goals, improve socialization skills, exercise, development of good nutritional habits, assist with shopping and cooking, etc.
- Assisting consumers in building a social network to combat isolation. Interaction with self-help and other support groups is coordinated.
- Assisting consumers in obtaining and maintaining appropriate public benefits such as SSI, Medi-Cal, Short-Doyle, Public Guardian and Conservator services.
- Helping to manage difficult situations such as those requiring legal services, long distance travel and coordination of private and public services on a frequent basis.
- Assisting in hospitalizing the consumer, when necessary, and maintaining on-going contact with the consumer when hospitalized to provide support and coordinate aftercare plans with hospital.
- Assisting in the relocation of consumers to other places of residence or another geographical area. This includes locating the residence and assisting with the physical move and adjustment.
- Providing outreach to consumers if they become homeless and coordinating reentry into treatment and housing within the shortest time possible.
- Aiding consumers in receiving psychiatric, psychological, psychosocial, medical and dental care.