COVID-19 Case Study: Channel Islands Social Services (Camarillo, CA)

Channel Islands Social Services (CISS) is a family-operated organization founded in 2004 with funding provided through Tri-Counties Regional Center (TCRC) and North Los Angeles County Regional Center (NLACRC). CISS provides in-home respite services1 for families caring for a child or adult relative with special needs (defined specifically as a developmental disability such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, Intellectual Disability or Cerebral Palsy.) The organization also operates a respite program for Resource Families (foster parents and kinship caregivers). Respite care is provided in the family’s home or local community. Services are free for eligible families.

CISS has remained open throughout the pandemic as an essential service, but did close their physical office to visitors for the first six months. When the state enacted shelter at home orders there was an initial reduction in the number of families using services across all programs. Other adjustments were made for staff working reduced schedules with some accessing unemployment and disability benefits. In-Home Respite Brochure2


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