Social Services

Transplantation Social Work Team

Christine Frederici Hines, LCSW
Nina Sullivan, MSW
Vanessa Mulsow, MSW
Kelli Swan-Vranish, LCSW

  • Kidney/Pancreas Transplantation:
  • Liver Transplantation:

Social Security

Social Security Disability Insurance Program (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income Program (SSI). Phone: 1-800-772-1213. 

State Disability

California State Disability Insurance (SDI) is a partial wage-replacement insurance plan for California workers. The SDI programs are state-mandated, and funded through employee payroll deductions. SDI provides affordable, short-term benefits to eligible workers. Workers covered by SDI are covered by two programs: Disability Insurance and Paid Family Leave Insurance. Phone: 1-800-480-3287.

Vocational/Educational Assistance

Department of Rehabilitation's vocational rehabilitation services program assists Californians with disabilities obtain and retain employment and maximize their ability to live independently in their communities. The Department develops, purchases, provides, and advocates for programs and services in vocational rehabilitation, habilitation and independent living with a priority on service for persons with the most significant disabilities.  

Assistance for Caregivers

Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

FMLA is based on a federal law that authorizes eligible employees up to 12 weeks of paid or unpaid job-protected leave during a "rolling" twelve month period to care for an immediate family member (spouse, child or parent) with a serious health condition. Other reasons include birth of a child, adoption, or foster care placement and when the employee is unable to work because of a serious health condition. Eligible employees are those who have been employed for a total of at least 12 months who have worked for at least 1,250 hours during the previous 12 month period.    

Paid Family Leave (PFL)

For California workers covered by State Disability Insurance, Paid Family Leave (PFL) insurance provides up to six weeks of benefits for individuals who must take time off to care for a seriously ill child, spouse, parent, or registered domestic partner, or to bond with a new child.  Paid Family Leave pays approximately 60 percent of pay for an employed caregiver for up to six weeks per year. The transplant center has forms.  Phone: 877-238-4373.

In Home Supportive Services (IHSS)

In Home Support Services (IHSS) provides homemaker and personal care assistance to persons receiving Supplemental Security Income or who have a low income and need aid in the home to remain independent.  Phone: 1-800-510-2020.

Southern Caregiver Resource Center

Southern Caregiver Resource Center is a San Diego-based nonprofit that assists families and communities master the challenges of caring for adults with chronic and disabling conditions. Phone: 800-827-1008. 


Bannister House

The mission of Bannister Family House is to provide affordable lodging and supportive services for out-of-town families of patients who have come to UC San Diego Health due to serious injury or illness. Your transplant social worker will make a referral upon your request.   

Public Housing

The San Diego County Housing and Community Development website has information on public housing, section 8 housing and other resources available to low-income families, senior citizens and disabled persons. Phone: 858-694-4801.

Food Assistance

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a federal supplemental nutrition program for families and individuals that meet certain income guidelines. Food stamp benefits help supplement your food budget and allow families to buy nutritious food. In California, the program is called CalFresh.   

San Diego Food Bank

The San Diego Food Bank administers this USDA funded program which provides food packages to low income individuals and families who meet income guidelines set by the federal government. The program serves nearly 80,000 individuals at 90 distribution sites every month throughout San Diego County. 

Transportation Assistance

Metropolitan Transit System Discounted Fares

Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) offers senior citizens (60+), disabled individuals and Medicare recipients reduced fare on fixed-route buses and trolleys. Phone: 619-234-1060.

MTS Access

MTS Access provides curb-to-curb accessible transportation service for individuals who are unable to use regular public bus, trolley or Coaster services due to a physical or cognitive impairment.  One-way fare to travel on MTS Access is $4.50. Riders must be certified to ride MTS Access.  Phone: 877-232-7444.