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 with­hold­ing. After all…

Respite Should be Relax­ing, Not Taxing!

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

*** Fam­ily Tes­ti­monies ***

Caregiver Overtime

Fam­i­lies and Care­givers of CISS were mailed infor­ma­tion on Octo­ber 15th regard­ing impor­tant new changes tak­ing place in the home­care field regard­ing over­time and travel time. Please see our Care­giver page for more info and call our office with any ques­tions you may have.

*New Timesheets and Travel Time Records can be found on our Forms page


ARCH National Respite.

Novem­ber is National Fam­ily Care­givers month. CISS is a proud mem­ber of the ARCH National Respite Net­work. Click the image to see some great reminders about how Respite is fuel for the care­giv­ing journey.



At their national con­fer­ence on July 10, 2015, Sharon was hon­ored as the Autism Soci­ety Pro­fes­sional of the Year! Read more here or view her speech here.



Switch­ing your respite to CISS is very easy and if you have a care­giver you’d like us to hire they will get paid MORE and may qual­ify for mileage reim­burse­ment.
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! Whereas other agen­cies only pay $9.50/hr, CISS pays $11.00/hr PLUS mileage, our Enhanced Respite pro­gram staff start at $13.00/hr and our Fos­ter and Kin­ship pro­gram staff are paid $14.00/hr. We also give merit increases after 2 years and 4 years with the com­pany and offer a 401K plan! No other Respite orga­ni­za­tion does this!

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


CISS 2015 Calendar


CISS 2015 Cal­en­dar
We highly rec­om­mend fam­i­lies and CISS Care­givers use our cal­en­dar to track their hours and eas­ily view when pay peri­ods end, timesheets are due, and the office is closed.


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 orga­ni­za­tion awarded Ser­vice Provider of the Year twice by the Autism Soci­ety Ven­tura County!