Fight IHSS Cuts! Learn how to appeal and keep services! First training, October 13

In the next few months, approximately 8,000 San Franciscans will lose some or all of their In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) because of state budget cuts. IHSS provides vital personal care and domestic services that allow seniors and younger individuals with disabilities to remain at home and in the community.  We expect these cuts may go into effect as early as November 1, 2009.

Consumer Rights for Community Living, in collaboration with Bay Area Legal Aid, is sponsoring trainings in October that will train volunteers to help consumers preserve these essential services by assisting them in administrative appeals. The training will enable volunteers to: Understand the new eligibility standard and what must be demonstrated in order to meet it; Help the recipient file an appeal. Assist in developing the information/evidence needed to show that the new standard is met; If there is a hearing, assist the recipient in presenting her/his evidence and testimony.

We have a great opportunity to inform the Community on what is going to happen and how they can help:

Tuesday, October 13
2:00-4:00 PM at Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Main Library, 100 Larkin St. If you are interested in participating in this training, please contact Donna Willmott at  or 415-703-0188 ext 315.

If you cannot make this first training, then join us:

Monday, October 26
5:00-7:30 PM, Bar Association of San Francisco, 301 Battery St., 3rd floor (MCLE: 2.5 hours). Co-sponsored with the Bar Association of San Francisco. To register, contact Megan Colla at or 415-782-9000 x8759.

For more information on these trainings or the IHSS cuts, contact Donna Willmott: or 415-703-0188 ext 315.  The attached flyer gives more detail about the training.  The second attachment is the English version of a flyer telling consumers how they can appeal a notice of action notifying them of cuts to services, and where they may call for help.  Check our blog site for the updated versions of this flyer in the following languages: Chinese, Spanish, Russian and Korean”

These venues are wheelchair accessible. To request assistive listening devices, real time captioning, large print materials, a sign language interpreter or other accommodations for a disability, please contact Donna at, 531-7743. Providing at least 72 hours advance notice will help to ensure availability.