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Chair Fletcher Pushes for Greater Access and Awareness for In-Home Supportive Care Services

03/02/21

Nathan Fletcher, Chair of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, is presenting a policy to increase public awareness about and access to the 25,000 in-home supportive services (IHSS) workers in San Diego County who provide personal care for people receiving Supplemental Security Income, low--income seniors and people with disabilities.

“We have skilled healthcare professionals available to help people who are unable to leave their homes but need care,” said Chair Fletcher. “People in need of the services and their families who are seeking support should know the County can help and how to access these services. This policy will make sure there is more access and awareness for in-home supportive care services.”

The policy Chair Fletcher is proposing will create an education campaign to make the public aware of the program, and help recruit additional in-home caregivers from communities where the greatest need for services exists.

“We commend Chair Fletcher for bringing forward this important policy for consideration by the Board of Supervisors,” said UDW Executive Director Doug Moore. UDW is the union that represents the county’s IHSS workforce. “The number of seniors and people with disabilities in our county who need long-term care will only keep growing. It is imperative that we raise awareness of this vital program, and that we invest in IHSS so that we can attract even more qualified caregivers to do this vital work.” 

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors will vote on this policy during their regularly scheduled meeting on March 2, 2021 at 9 a.m.