Parents Helping Parents can help you understand what public benefits are, what may be available for your child, and how to apply for them.

How We Help

We offer free workshops on accessing public benefits such as In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and Medi-Cal.

Workshops (E-Learning also available now at!)

Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
Learn how to apply for SSI on behalf of their family member at this training. You will learn how to increase the likelihood of a first-time approval in this class. Participants will learn through lecture, discussion, writing, practice, and dialogue.

In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS)
Eligibility for IHSS is only available to those with Medi-Cal, including through Institutional Deeming available from Regional Centers. Your child may be living at home with you or in their own home to be eligible for this service. You might even be paid as the provider of their services. They may not be living in a group home. If you are considering Supported Living, this service must be tapped, if eligible, before hours are awarded for supported living.

If your child already receives IHSS—is she/he receiving all the hours to which she/he is entitled and necessary? Services provided are based on needs, and may include:

  • Domestic services (vacuuming, dusting, etc.)
  • Related services (meal preparation, shopping, running errands, etc.)
  • Non-medical personal care services (bowel and bladder care, grooming, bathing, etc.)
  • Transportation
  • Yard hazard abatement
  • Protective supervision

For more information about Public Benefits training at PHP, visit our Events Calendar.