Following a decision of the CDSS director that invalidated CDSS’ prior regulations, CDSS issued revised regulations about eligibility for parents to be IHSS providers for their children. The revised regulations are at MPP Sections 30-763.44 and .45.
The revised regulation continues the rule that a child under age 18 is eligible for IHSS when the no parent is available to provide IHSS, which is defined as when the parent(s) is employed or enrolled in an education or vocational training program, or physically or mentally unable to provide IHSS services. A parent is considered unavailable only if unavailability occurs during the time the child must receive a specific service.
In addition, IHSS is available from a non-parent provider for up to 8 hours per week when parents are unavailable in order to do shopping or errands necessary for the family, to search for employment or to care for the recipient’s minor siblings.
The regulations continue the rule that a parent who is required to leave or cannot obtain full-time employment because of the need to provide care for a child can be an eligible IHSS provider. The regulations also continue the rule that a parent cannot be the IHSS provider when a second parent who is in the home is available to provide care.
The new regulations clarify that the restrictions who can be a provider for children under age 18 apply only to natural or adoptive parents
CDSS also included several questions and answers about the revised regulations.