Tips from Parents Applying for IHSS Protective Supervision 

These stories come from parents helping their children apply for IHSS Protective Supervision.

Some of the ideas on this page would also be helpful for any disabled person or family applying for any home care program.

Working with Your Doctor

“If you don’t sit with the doctor when the form is being filled out, problems can happen. I have a friend whose doctor filled out the form when she wasn’t there. The doctor wrote down completely wrong information for many questions. The basic information like diagnosis wasn’t even correct”

“When I give my doctor a form, I always tell the doctor that this form will help my brother get services he needs. I also give my doctor a short list with 5 or 6 examples of recent examples”

“I brought two copies of the form to our doctor. One was blank and the other I filled out with the information about my child to the best of my knowledge. My doctor used this as a reference and found this helpful.”

“Many doctor’s hate paperwork. Before the doctor’s visit, I write down a list of everything the doctor needs to quickly fill out the form. This makes it easier for them. All of our doctors have appreciated this and have been helpful.”

“Doctors don’t get paid for their time to fill out forms. But they do get paid for office visits. Set up a special visit. During the visit, talk about this form and nothing else. Sit with them while they fill it out.”

“I went to a training and was told that I should fill out the form about my child and then bring it to my doctor to read and make changes. My doctor said it was accurate.” 

Describing Safety and Self-Harm

Unlike other home care programs, the Protective Supervision program is specifically for people at risk for self-harm:

“Focus on safety. Make a list of examples of how the child places himself in danger. Give this list to your Social Worker and also to your doctor. If your doctor does not fill out the form with enough details, go back to your doctor, and bring your list and ask your doctor to add more details and examples.”

“I also give my doctor a short list with 5 or 6 examples of recent situations that would have been dangerous without constant supervision. My doctor usually includes some of these examples on the forms”

“I included examples of times when my daughter was in danger and why protective supervision would be needed.”

“There needs to be examples of self-harming behavior written by your doctor. If your doctor won’t help, ask a different doctor.”

“I tell my doctor that the boxes on the form are not good enough to meet the needs of the the program, and that more description and specific examples of self-injurious behaviors are needed so she can get the help she needs.”

“Your doctor needs to know the times when your child would not be safe without supervision. When you talk to your doctor and Social Worker, tell them about specific things your child does that could be dangerous without supervision.”

“Collect statements from teachers, doctors, therapists, psychologists, and any other professionals. Ask for statements that include examples of anything your child does that puts them at risk for being harmed or injured. Also, examples of problems with memory and judgement.”

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