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IHSS Updates – Sick Leave & PPE for IHSS Providers

April 16, 2020

The California Department of Social Services released an All County Letter that outlines implementation of emergency paid sick leave for In-Home Supportive Service (IHSS) providers in accordance with H.R. 6201, the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act. To be eligible for these sick leave benefits, an IHSS provider must be unable to work for a COVID-19 related reason, such as being subject to a quarantine or isolation order, experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, or caring for someone who is subject to a quarantine or isolation order. Providers who work more than 160 hours in a month are eligible for the full two weeks of paid sick leave and providers who work less are eligible for a prorated amount. California Department of Social Services (CDSS) has indicated separately that this paid sick leave would be funded with $57 million State General Fund ($124 million total with federal match).

CDSS also announced the availability of personal protective equipment (PPE) for IHSS providers. Working closely with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), CDSS obtained 250,000 N95 masks and 250,000 pairs of gloves. This personal protective equipment (PPE) is not for all IHSS providers, but for those providers with prolonged exposure in caring for a person who is COVID-19 positive or symptomatic. Forthcoming guidance from CDSS will outline the CDPH guidelines on which providers should receive this PPE. CDSS is working closely with the California Association of Public Authorities and county public authorities on distribution. The PPE will be shipped to each county public authority and public authorities will work with counties to determine the best strategy to distribute the PPE to IHSS providers.

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