California’s protection & advocacy system
For legal assistance call 800-776-5746. For all other purposes call 916-504-5800 in Northern CA
or 213-213-8000 in Southern CA. TTY 800-719-5798.
April 2009, Pub #5395.01
MSSP provides services and supports to help you remain at home for as long as possible. The goal is to keep you from being placed in a nursing home. It is a Medi-Cal home and community based waiver which can provide you extra sources of help to keep you in your own home.
If you are married and ineligible for Medi-Cal because of too many resources and/or too much income, you may still be able to qualify for MSSP.
In order to qualify, you must be:
Services Available include:
If you incurred expenses for services while at an institution to help you get back home, and you did not qualify for Medi-Cal at the time you got those services or had a share-of-cost, Medi-Cal will pay for services provided during the last six months of your stay at the institution.
Services Medi-Cal will pay for are called “transitional services” which help get you out of an institution. Services include occupational therapy, physical therapy and other rehabilitative services, architectural modifications in your home and case management while at the institution to help you get out.
If you are married and are returning home to a spouse or are already living at home with your spouse, there are special resource and income rules that apply that can make it easier for you to qualify.
No, there is no cost to you.
Yes. You can get both.
If you are currently getting the maximum number of IHSS hours, these hours cannot be reduced if you get some in-home help through MSSP.
If you are not getting the maximum number of IHSS hours, any in-home help through MSSP will not affect your IHSS hours.
See the list at the end of this fact sheet. Look up your county and call the number that is listed. Say, “I think I need MSSP services.” You can also call 1-800-510-2020 for your local Area Agency on Aging (AAA).
You can appeal and ask for a fair hearing. In addition, you have the right to receive a written explanation as to why you are being denied MSSP. The written explanation will explain what you can do to appeal. You can call Disability Rights California for assistance.
If you have access to the internet, go to this website:
Call your Area Agency on Aging (AAA) for information and referral services in your community. For the phone number to your nearest AAA office call: 1 800 510-2020
Multipurpose Senior Service Program Contacts (By County) Also available at –http://www.aging.ca.gov/programs/mssp_contacts.asp
Disability Rights California is funded by a variety of sources, for a complete list of funders, go to http://www.disabilityrightsca.org/