Attention Ventura County IHSS providers: Get ready to negotiate for a new contract! 

May 31, 2024

Latest update 5/31/2024

One in five Ventura County home care providers say they may leave the industry, citing low wages and lack of benefits. Unless these become better jobs, care providers will continue to leave this profession for competitive paying jobs. Caregivers have been on the frontlines of the pandemic. They’re working long hours and caring for our loved ones, so why aren’t we treating them like the essential workers they are?

In 2023, Ventura County had 860,070 unused IHSS hours, representing a 7.1% gap in paid versus authorized hours. The IHSS caseload in Ventura County is growing annually and the program is expected to continue to grow each year. This is why it is so important for the Ventura County Board of Supervisors to make sure that the IHSS program is not only well-funded, but also offers caregivers better health insurance benefits: caregivers are the backbone of Ventura County. They care for thousands of disabled folks and older adults. It is time for the level of care that they provide to be reflected in their pay and healthcare benefits.

Stay tuned for results from our Ventura IHSS Economic Indicator Survey that many of you filled out this month.