IHSS Provider Orientation
Thank you for your interest in becoming a provider in the IHSS program! Currently, over 500,000 individuals in
California are enrolled as IHSS providers to help people continue to live safely in their homes.
Your role as a provider is critical in making it possible for individuals to remain safely in their homes, where
they can enjoy personal freedom and independence, and continue being part of their community.
To become an IHSS provider, you will first need to attend a provider orientation. The following information is
available for your convenience. Please contact your county IHSS Office or county IHSS Public
Authority to sign up to attend an orientation and for more information about their county-specific
How to Become an IHSS Provider
- Go to an IHSS Provider Orientation given by the county. Here you will learn important information about the
program and the requirements for you to follow as a provider.
- Complete and sign the IHSS Program Provider
Enrollment Form (SOC 426) and return it in person to the County IHSS Office or IHSS
- Complete and sign the IHSS Provider Enrollment Agreement (SOC 846) . This is the agreement that ALL IHSS
providers are required to sign.
- Get fingerprinted and go through a criminal background check by the California Department of Justice.
Optional IHSS Provider Orientation Handouts
Translated versions of these handouts (Armenian, Chinese, and Spanish) will be provided on or before June 2020.
Provider Orientation Video Script
The translated video script (Armenian, Chinese, and Spanish) will also be available on or before June 2020.
For questions about materials provided on this webpage, please contact the Training and Development Unit at IHSS-Training@dss.ca.gov.
To sign up to attend a Provider Orientation, please contact your county
IHSS office or county Public