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

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 JUne 2016 Newsletter

Our latest Vision and Voice newsletter is under Resources below. Inside you will find articles on our collaboration with USF on our internship program here, Supervisor Eric Mar's Support at Home proposal that could potentially benefit thousands of "upper poor" San Franciscans, photos from the community resource fair hosted by the Chinese Newcomers Service Center that we participated in, and a profile of PA mentor Tom Merz, 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.


September 9th DAAS/PA/Homebridge Symposium

The September 9th symposium is specifically designed for IHSS consumers. To learn more about it and how to register, please click on the link below.

September 9th Symposium


PA Job announcement: laguna Honda Project Liaison

If interested, please review the job description below to learn if you are qualified and how to apply.

Laguna Honda Hospital Project Liaison

calling all providers!

If you're looking to get more clients, please click on the link below to learn how to join the Public Authority Registry!

IHSS PA Provider Enrollment

PA Mentor Tom Merz

Longtime PA Mentor Tom Merz passed away Sunday morning, July 24, 2016, due to medical complications. He was 60. Tom had lived in San Francisco since 1979. An IHSS consumer since 2010, Tom was profiled in the June 2016 PA Vision and Voice newsletter. A true survivor, he was always full of novel concepts about how to improve life for seniors and people with disabilities. The PA is holding a memorial for Tom at our offices on Tuesday, August 30, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Food and sodas will be served.

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




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.