About Us

The Public Authority was established per State mandate to act as Employer of Record for IHSS Providers and operate a Registry of Providers. The County of San Diego Board of Supervisors acts as the Governing Body for the Public Authority. The Public Authority is a separate legal entity from the County, but works as a partner with IHSS, serving IHSS Providers and Consumers.

For information regarding the proposed Public Authority budget for Fiscal Year 2022-2023, click here.

About the Executive Director

Thomas H. Johnson was appointed as the IHSS Public Authority’s Executive Director in May 2021. He has over 17 years of management experience with the agency and before that Thomas was the area agency director of a large private healthcare company. Throughout the years, Thomas has developed strong working relationships with County of San Diego staff, United Domestic Workers union organizers, and various other partner agencies. In addition to that, he has served as chairperson of the state-wide California Association of Public Authorities Registry Managers Meeting for almost 10 years.

As a veteran of the United States Navy, Thomas understands the commitment to serving his country as well as the local San Diego community. During his tenure at the agency, he has worked diligently to ensure health equity for all individuals and families that need assistance. One of Thomas’ primary objectives for the agency is to lower barriers to service. This will ensure that underserved community members receive the help they need to live safely in their own homes.


The Health and Human Services Agency provides a broad range of health and social services to promote wellness, self-sufficiency, and a better quality of life for individuals and families in San Diego County.

California Association of Public Authorities is a non-profit association comprised of the IHSS Public Authorities in California created to provide proactive leadership to improve the IHSS program in California.