NEWS & UPDATES

COVID-19 UPDATES

NOTICE: With the emergence of COVID-19 and "stay at home" order, our primary goal is keeping you and our employees safe. Provider Enrollment is currently being done by using our website, phone, and mail.

MEDICAL ACCOMPANIMENT FOR ASSISTING IHSS RECIPIENTS TO COVID-19 VACCINATION APPOINTMENT(S)

Beginning March 15, 2021, IHSS recipients over the age of 16 who may require assistance with medical accompaniment to receive the COVID-19 vaccine(s) will be eligible claim up to two hours for each appointment, but no more than 4 hours will be paid for both appointments in total. These hours will not count toward the weekly maximum hours, and are not eligible for overtime pay. Claim Forms can be submitted with a retroactive date back to January 1st, 2021. Vaccine Medical Accompaniment hours are not available to providers that work for an IHSS recipient that is already receiving the statutory maximum hours.  

The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) mailed letters to IHSS recipients aged 16 to 64, which they can use to verify they are an IHSS recipient if needed. IHSS Recipients age 65 and older received a copy of the COVID-19 Vaccine Medical Accompaniment Claim Form only. 

To request this payment, providers would complete the COVID-19 Vaccine Medical Accompaniment Claim Form, and both the recipient and provider sign the form. Mail the completed form to the recipient's IHSS social worker at their respective district office:

    Santa Barbara  Santa Maria  Lompoc 
    IHSS
    234 Camino del Remedio
    Santa Barbara, CA 93110         
    IHSS
    304 Carmen Lane
    Santa Maria, CA 93458         
    IHSS
    1100 W. Laurel Ave.
    Lompoc, CA 93436         

Recipients can call their assigned Social Worker and Providers can call the IHSS Public Authority for any additional questions.

PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE)

In accordance with ACL 20-57, the Public Authority of the County of Santa Barbara is offering a limited supply of PPE to include facemasks and/or gloves. Providers' status must be "eligible" and actively providing care for an IHSS recipient (limited supplies).

Two ways to request PPE:

  • Call the Public Authority at (866) 313-1353
  • Email the Public Authority at DSSIHCN@sbcsocialserv.org with the information below:
    • Full Name
    • Provider number (9 digits)
    • Phone Number
    • Best Time to reach you (Mon – Fri: 8 am – 4:30 pm)

PPE does not guarantee total protection and must be used in combination with precautionary measures such as those below to be most effective:

  • Washing hands with soap and water.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces daily. If surfaces are dirty, they should be cleaned using detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
  • Avoiding touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Covering coughs or sneezes with a tissue or elbow.
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
  • Staying away from work, school or other people if sick with respiratory symptoms like fever and cough.
  • Following guidance from public health officials, such as staying home if over the age of 65 or with underlying health conditions.

TEMPORARY COVID-19 SICK LEAVE

The Families First Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response Act allows full-time workers (40 hours or more per week) to get 80 hours of paid leave, and part-time workers get the average number of hours they work in a 2-week pay period. This option is available now until December 31, 2020. COVID-19 sick leave may only be claimed if you meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • You are subject to a quarantine or isolation order;
  • You have been advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine;
  • You are having symptoms of COVID–19 and are seeking a medical diagnosis;
  • You are caring for an individual who is subject to a quarantine or isolation order or has been advised to self-quarantine by a health care provider;
  • You are caring for your child who's school or childcare facilities has been closed due to COVID-19 precautions and there is no one else available to care for your child;
  • You are experiencing any other substantially similar concerns.

You may only submit one claim by completing and submitting COVID-19 Only Paid Sick Leave Request Form for IHSS/ WPCS Providers (TEMP 3021). You will be paid for your entire eligible sick leave benefit in one payment.

COVID-19 RESOURCES

For the most up-to-date information relating to COVID-19, please visit the following websites:

Santa Barbara County Public Health Department
Includes local breaking news, daily status reports, press releases, and provider alerts. Visit https://publichealthsbc.org/

2-1-1 Santa Barbara COVID-19 Info
For information and answers to common questions. Dial 2-1-1 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week). Text your ZIP code to 898-211. Visit https://211santabarbaracounty.org/covid-19/.

Official State of CA COVID-19 Information Hub
Includes what you should and should not do, news, and information on various topics including education, health, employment, taxes, and more. Visit https://covid19.ca.gov/.

Official Centers for Disease Control (CDC) COVID-19 Portal:
What you need to know: how to protect yourself, symptoms, what to do if you think you are sick, preparing your family, etc. Visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/.