SFIHSS Public Authority Facebook 

This is a link to our new Facebook page with up-to-date information about important news and events.


by Cara Padilla-Nalagan, MSN, BSN, RN


Come celebrate Older Americans Month at the State Capitol in Sacramento on Wednesday, May 11th, L Street, north side of the Capitol Building. Schedule of Events: 10 a.m. rally begins; 11 a.m. press event; noon free box lunch; 1:30 p.m. advocacy visits to Capitol offices; 3 p.m. rally wrap-up. Help fight poverty and promote independence among older adults! Lobby state senators and assembly members for more funding for senior services!

IHSS Overtime and Travel Information Link

Please click on the link below from the San Francisco Human Services Agency/Department of Aging & Adult Services:


PA March 2016 Newsletter

Our latest Vision and Voice newsletter is under Resources below. Inside you will find E.D. Kelly Dearman's Letter from the Director ("Secrets Exposed"), a cover article on the PA's response to the FLSA regulations implementation (especially as regards overtime for IP's), an updated and expanded listing of our services, and a remembrance of PA mentor Joyce Jackson, among other items. Enjoy! 

Over 20 years assisting low-income older adults and people with disabilities in San Francisco to stay in their homes and communities.


May IHSS OPen Application period for registry

The Public Authority's next open application period for Registry providers is Monday through Thursday, May 23 - May 26, at 832 Folsom Street (between 4th and 5th), 9th Floor. To sign up for a MANDATORY application information session, please call our main line at 415-243-4477.

Grace Period for WPCS Workers extended!

CA Dept. of Health Care Services: Waiver Personal Care Services (WPCS) providers will not be receiving notices as of May 1st for violating the recently implemented Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime and travel time regulations. Instead, there will be an extended three-month grace period for WPCS participants and their providers, who provide IHSS or WPCS or both, from May 1 to September 1, 2016. Providers will not receive any violations during this time.

CDSS Help line

The California Dept. of Social Services (CDSS) has established a Help Line--(916) 551-1011--for IHSS providers and consumers with questions about new overtime exceptions and exemptions. The Help Line is open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Any messages left on that line will be returned, if a name and phone number are provided. Mail: 744 P Street, Mail Stop 9-9-04, Sacramento, CA 95814. Email: apbinquiryresponse@dss.ca.gov.

"Choreography of Care"

In "Choreography of Care," former SF IHSS Public Authority Board President Alice Wong talks to other people with disabilities about their personal assistance care and how they get their needs met and function successfully in the world. Take a listen...

link to soundcloud

in memoriam

Dr. Harrison Parker passed away at his home on Sunday, April 17th, due to a heart attack. He was 88. In his capacity as a Department of Public Health (DPH) Commissioner, Dr. Parker served on the IHSS PA Governing Body from 1998 to 2004, during the agency's formative years. He will be remembered for his collegiality, ready smile and great good humor. Funeral services were held at Duggan's Serra Mortuary in Daly City on April 28th.

Check Out IHSS Overtime Rules Video!

Please click on the link below for the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) video/online guide to the new IHSS overtime rules and regulations:




Kelly Dearman,
Executive Director

March 2016

Kelly Dearman

Kelly Dearman

"The Public Authority is seeking qualified consumer mentors to work with older adults and people with disabilities through our Mentorship Program. You will receive a stipend for the hours you mentor. People with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Mentors should have compassion for older adults and people with disabilities and enjoy working with people of all ethnicities and cultural backgrounds. Bilingual skills are a plus. It's also helpful if the mentor is a current or past consumer of IHSS services.

The Mentorship Program runs the Public Authority's One-Stop Center, where older adults, people with disabilities and their workers can come for on-site workshops and trainings that will increase their knowledge and improve their quality of life. In addition to providing all the FLSA trainings for consumers, various workshops cover nutrition and health, living on a budget, public transportation and communicating with your provider. The Mentorship Program also offers a program for residents transferring out of the Laguna Honda Rehabilitation Center and back to the community." - Kelly Dearman

For more information or to apply, please call 415-243-4477, ext. 136.