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.
About the Executive Director
Thomas H. Johnson, MBA is the Executive Director of the County of San Diego IHSS Public Authority. By State mandate, the Public Authority provides services to over 32,000 In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) caregivers that assist over 36,000 IHSS recipients.
Thomas, who was appointed by the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, has over 18 years of management experience with the Public Authority. Before that, he was the Area Agency Director of a large private healthcare company. He believes in collaboration and has developed strong working relationships with County of San Diego staff, United Domestic Workers union organizers, peer Public Authorities, non-profit organizations, and various other partner agencies.
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 Public Authority, he has worked diligently to ensure health equity for all individuals and families that need assistance. Two of Thomas’ primary objectives for the agency are lowering barriers to service and using data to drive the decision-making process. This will help ensure that underserved community members receive the help they need to live safely in their own homes.
Thomas is an active member of the American Society on Aging (ASA) and currently serves on the following California Association of Public Authorities (CAPA) Executive Committees:
• CAPA Southern Region Vice President
• Chairperson of the CAPA Data Analysis and Research Committee
• Member of the CAPA Legislative Committee