Barriers to Use of Personal Assistance Services (PAS) in Workplace Settings

eri, M., Wong, A., & Harrington C. (2010). Draft. Barriers to Use of Personal Assistance Services (PAS) in Workplace Settings. Center for Personal Assistance Services University of California. Retrieved 15th May from http://www.pascenter.org/documents/IHSS_FINAL_Report_043010.pdf

Abstract

Draft. Barriers to Use of Personal Assistance Services (PAS)
in Workplace Settings

California’s In Home Supportive Services (IHSS) is the largest and fastest-growing publicly-funded home and community-based services (HCBS) program in the state serving over 400,000 elders and people with disabilities. The program provides assistance for activities of daily living for low income individuals who are eligible for Medi-Cal and who meet the program’s need criteria. In 2002, California passed the Workforce Inclusion Act to allow the IHSS program to provide services to obtain, retrain, or return to work in order to increase the employment rates of persons with disabilities.

The goal of this study was to examine the implementation of the Workforce Inclusion Act of 2002. Specifically, the study examined the use of IHSS in the workplace and barriers to workplace IHSS, estimated the number of individuals using IHSS in the workplace, and summarized recommendations on how to increase access to IHSS in the workplace. Because the survey occurred after a number of state IHSS budget cuts and program changes were made for fiscal year 2009-10, the study also collected information on the impact of these changes on the IHSS program and on providing IHSS in the workplace.

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