In response to the 1999 California Assembly Bill 1682, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors established by County Ordinance the IHSS Public Authority on June 12, 2001. The Board of Supervisors, acting as the Board of Directors, serves as the governing body for the Public Authority. The Board of Supervisors also established a 10-member Advisory Committee that provides ongoing advice and recommendations to the Public Authority and the IHSS program.
The Sonoma County In-Home Support Services Public Authority acts to enhance IHSS services and support the concerns of both consumers and care providers in several ways:
- First, the IHSS Public Authority acts as the employer of record for IHSS care providers in collective bargaining for wages and benefits and other terms and conditions of employment.
- Second, it administers the eligibility and enrollment of IHSS care providers for dental and health benefits.
- Third, it operates the Registry, a referral service for IHSS consumers for obtaining referrals of screened care providers. The Registry recruits, screens and provides orientation for care providers, and maintains a computerized Registry listing of care providers.
- Fourth, it provides support and training opportunities for both care providers and consumers.
- Fifth, it provides staff support for the Public Authority Advisory Committee, which is a resource for consumers and care providers to voice their opinions and ideas for improvement of the Public Authority and IHSS program.
- Sixth, it offers the Urgent Substitute Provider Program (USPP) that provides substitute care providers for temporary urgent care situations that IHSS consumers face.