NOTICE: Department of Social Services field offices will be closed on the day after Thanksgiving -- Friday, November 24, 2017, for a staff furlough day. Our customers can access benefit and application information, 24/7, at www.connect.ct.gov and www.ct.gov/dss/apply; or 1-855-6-CONNECT. We will also be closed on Thanksgiving, and wish everyone a safe and happy holiday.    www.connect.ct.gov

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Overview

The Department in Brief

The Department of Social Services (DSS) delivers and funds a wide range of programs and services as Connecticut’s multi-faceted health and human services agency.  DSS serves about 1 million residents of all ages in all 169 Connecticut cities and towns.  We support the basic needs of children, families, older and other adults, including persons with disabilities.  Services are delivered through 12 field offices, central administration, and online and phone access options.  With service partners, DSS:

• provides federal/state food and economic aid, health care coverage, independent living and home care, social work, child support, home-heating aid, protective services for older adults, and more vital service areas.

• supports the health of over 780,000 residents through HUSKY Health (Medicaid & Children’s Health Insurance Program), including medical, dental, behavioral health, prescription medications, long-term services and supports.

• helps over 400,000 residents afford food and supports Connecticut’s economy with federally-funded Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP).

• has 1,700 dedicated staff led by Commissioner Roderick L. Bremby.

Mission and Vision

DSS Mission

Guided by shared belief in human potential, we aim to increase the security and well-being of Connecticut individuals, families, and communities.

DSS Vision

To become a world-class service organization.