Fam­i­lies car­ing for a loved one with spe­cial needs have enough to worry about in their every­day lives and they need to be in con­trol of who sup­ports them! We are here to help. We hire some­one the fam­ily already knows and trusts, or we recruit some­one for the fam­ily to inter­view, and then we take care of all the pay­roll wages, taxes, insur­ance, and employee with­old­ings. After all…

Respite Should be Relax­ing, Not Taxing!

2014 CISS Respite Calendar

Click here to view a great respite arti­cle from Car­ing Today Magazine

*** Fam­ily Tes­ti­monies ***

CISS is a proud part­ner of the Person-​Centered Think­ing
Col­lab­o­ra­tive
with TCRC and other providers.

CISS Anounce­ments

* Aut2Run! to Sup­port ASVC - Chan­nel Islands Social Ser­vices was a Gold spon­sor for the sec­ond year at the Autism Soci­ety Ven­tura County’s annual char­ity race, Aut2Run, on 4614. Addi­tion­ally, Sharon Fran­cis, the CEO of CISS, returned as the Event Direc­tor, donat­ing hun­dreds of hours to the non­profit on which she is a long-​standing board mem­ber. The event drew record num­bers of peo­ple (esti­mated 5000, with 2500 run­ners) and over 50 ser­vice providers at the cam­pus of CSU Chan­nel Islands. We are excited to report that ASVC met their fundrais­ing goals exceed­ing $100,000. For more info go to www​.Aut2Run​.org

* WELCOME VOUCHER RESPITE and FMS FAMILIES!! Switch­ing your respite to CISS is very easy. You can still request agency respite ser­vices if that will best meet your needs, and have the Fis­cal Man­age­ment Ser­vice (FMS) man­age your day­care pay­ments! Know your rights. Click here for more info from Dis­abil­ity Rights CA.

Please give us a call and we will walk you through the process. You will still be in con­trol of who pro­vides your respite and when you get sup­port. All of the required 1-​time forms can be found on our Forms page, printed, com­pleted, and faxed over to us. Within a week of receiv­ing all com­pleted forms, your care­giver will become employed by CISS and may be eli­gi­ble for mileage reim­burse­ment (which was not allowed under voucher respite). You will only have to sign their timesheet! No more pay­ing them directly, no more wor­ry­ing about employer taxes you didn’t know how to with­hold, no more billing the regional cen­ter! Whereas other agen­cies only pay $9/​hr and most Employer of Record (EOR) Respite Agen­cies and Finan­cial Man­age­ment Ser­vices (FMS) can only afford to pay Respite Care­givers $8.40/hr, CISS pays $10.00/hr PLUS mileage, and our Enhanced Respite pro­gram staff start at $13/​hr. We also give merit increases after 2 years and 4 years with the com­pany. No other Respite orga­ni­za­tion does this!

Respite Com­par­isons between FMS and Agency Respite * Span­ish Respite Com­par­i­son Grid

TCRC Let­ter to Voucher Respite Fam­i­lies * Span­ish Respite Com­par­i­son Grid

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Mis­sion Statement

Chan­nel Islands Social Ser­vices (CISS) is ded­i­cated to pro­vid­ing col­lab­o­ra­tive ser­vices and sup­ports that are reflec­tive of indi­vid­ual needs and strengthen fam­i­lies. We do this by pro­vid­ing qual­ity in-​home respite care to fam­i­lies through­out Ven­tura County.

CISS is a proud mem­ber of the Cal­i­for­nia Respite Asso­ci­a­tion, ARCH National Respite Net­work,
the National Fam­ily Care­giver Alliance, and the Cal­i­for­nia Dis­abil­ity Ser­vices Association.

CISS is the only ven­dor awarded Ser­vice Provider of the Year twice by the Autism Soci­ety Ven­tura County (ASVC)!