I WON!!!!!! As some of you might know ive been in a battle to become me sons IHSS provider and even went to state hearing. I got the news today that I won and the social workers had no right in dening my son. I will now get a total of 283 hours a month at $9 an hour since he is severly autistic.The judge said the county never should have denied him based on his age and was wrong and he clearly needs IHSS and protective supervision and the evidence I presented with my advocate was over whelming. YAHOOOO!! So to all the single parents with a disabled child no matter what age get the help you need and never stop fighting. The county will always use tactics to discourage you and deny you but know your rights and dont take no for an answer. It has been a long 6 month fight but well worth it now they have to pay retro active back to april.
Ok so scroll down and read what goddessmom on Jul. 12, 2010 at 10:33 PM wrote who is a IHSS worker. I was very offended that she compaired my child to a hyperactive child and that I was only trying to get money from the state. Im sorry but taking care of a severe autistic child that sleeps at most 4 hours a night,sleep walks, has night terrors, stims to the pointo injury, bangs his head, bites and scratches self with major meltdowns and is nonverbal, cant feed or dress self ect.. is way harder then working a 40 hour a week job. I would trade jobs in a second and work a 40 hour a week job if my son didnt need me so badly. But due to his Autism and being a single parent I lost my last job. Oh and read all the laws too if you have a child with severe disabilaties keep fighting and get all the help you need.
Did you know only 10% of parents that have a child with a severe Disability gets the help they need. Because due to the budget cuts we get denied unlawfuly and the people who denie us are hoping we wont fight or look up the laws.
I applied to IHSS to be my sons care provider for 24 hour protective supervision. He is 3 years old and has severe autism. He has no sense of danger,sleep,walks as well as other sleep issues, climbs on everything and has no sense of the word no and doesnt respond to his name or come when called as well as inflects self injury due to his Autism. His doctor filled out the (SOC)821 and marked severe under all catigories as well as made an additional coment stating that my child did need 24 hour protective supervision. I also recieved a letter from his special ed teacher stating he needs canstant supervision as well as all his IEP and phycological reports for his autism. I had to quit my job to take care of him full time because he misses school frequently due to constantly being sick.
The social worker proceded to tell me he was to young and it was my responsiblity to care for him anyway and he was a typical 3 yearold. I argued that he wasnt and again listed the facts above. I also mentiond that if there is proof that he needs more care than a typical child his age and I am unable to obtain a job due to his disablity that i should be granted the 24 hour protective supervision. which as stated above i have that proof. She then told me he had to qaulify for IHSS first to even be granted 24 hour protective super vision and because of his age he didnt qualify. I then argued again that if shown a child his age needs more supervision due to mental imparment and would be a danger to him self it should be granted. She then told me she thought the (SOC)821 from the doctor was fake and made me sign a blank one to resend to him and i told her that was fine. when they left i called his doctor to tell him he would be getting another form to fill out and he was shocked that they implied it was a fake and agreed to fill out another one.
MY question is am i right should he be granted the 24 hour protective super vision? was it legal for them to keep pursueding me that he didnt need it?