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General Health and Well-Being

Health is more than the absence of disease; it is a resource that allows people to realize their aspirations, satisfy their needs and to cope with the environment in order to live a long, productive, and fruitful life.  In this sense, health enables social, economic and personal development fundamental to well-being. Health promotion is the process of enabling people to increase control over, and to improve their health. Environmental and social resources for health can include: peace, economic security, a stable ecosystem, and safe housing.  Individual resources for health can include: physical activity, healthful diet, social ties, resiliency, positive emotions, and autonomy. Health promotion activities aimed at strengthening such individual, environmental and social resources may ultimately improve well-being.  For more information visit: The Center for Disease Control (CDC) / Well-being



Locating Local Urgent Care or Walk-In Clinics:

  • Interactive "Town by Town" Urgent Care and Walk-in Clinic Locator
  • SOLV Health We partner with high-quality providers across the country who share our goal of making access to high-quality convenient care simple, friendly and transparent for consumers, the way it should be. We equip them with technology that improves the quality of your service and the performance of their practice. For consumers, we get them in front of a provider in just a few taps, by helping them know where they can go, when they’ll be seen, and how much it will cost. We are building a world where we can all access healthcare that is convenient and affordable.


 Connecticut Hospitals  City/Town
 Backus Hospital  Norwich
 Bridgeport Hospital  Bridgeport
 Bristol Hospital  Bristol
 Charlotte Hungerford Hospital  Torrington
 Connecticut Children's Medical Center  Hartford
 Connecticut Hospice  Branford
 Connecticut Valley Hospital  Middletown
 Danbury Hospital  Danbury
 Day Kimball Hospital  Putnam
 Gaylord Hospital  Wallingford
 Greenwich Hospital  Greenwich
 Griffin Hospital  Derby
 Hartford Hospital  Hartford
 Hospital for Special Care  New Britain
 Johnson Memorial Hospital  Stafford Springs
 Lawrence+Memorial Hospital  New London
 Manchester Memorial Hospital  Manchester
 Middlesex Hospital  Middletown
 MidState Medical Center  Meriden
 Milford Hospital  Milford
 Mt. Sinai Hospital  Hartford
 Natchaug Hospital  Mansfield
 New Milford Hospital  New Milford
 Norwalk Hospital  Norwalk
 Rockville General Hospital  Vernon
 Saint Francis Hospital & Medical Center  Hartford
 Saint Mary's Hospital  Waterbury
 Sharon Hospital  Sharon
 Silver Hill Hospital (psychiatric)  New Canaan
 St. Vincent's Medical Center  Bridgeport
 Stamford Hospital  Stamford
 The Hospital of Central Connecticut– Bradley Memorial Campus  Southington
 The Hospital of Central Connecticut– New Britain General Campus  New Britain
 The Institute of Living(psychiatric, part of Hartford Hospital)  Hartford
 University of Connecticut Health Center/John Dempsey Hospital  Farmington
 Waterbury Hospital  Waterbury
 US Veterans Administration (Newington Campus)  Newington
 US Veterans Administration (West Haven Campus)  West Haven
 Windham Hospital  Willimantic
 Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital  New Haven
 Yale-New Haven Hospital  New Haven
 Yale-New Haven Psychiatric Hospital  New Haven






Health Care Transition as you enter Adulthood

Health care transitionis the process of getting ready and learning to manage your medical and mental health needs an adult. Advocating for your needs and learning how to navigate the health care system, including health insurance, is just one step in the transition into adulthood. While the topic will be part of your transition plan with your DCF Social Worker, here are some additional resources:




College-bound Former Foster Care Youth

For many, when thinking of going to college, health insurance is not something that comes to mind. Many colleges offer Student Health Plans, or affordable health insurance options. It is important to explore the best health insurance option for your situation.

If you are staying in CT, then you may already have health insurance through Medicaid as a Former Foster Youth or income eligibility criteria. If you know you have Medicaid, you can opt out of the Student Health Plan. Some colleges automatically enroll you, so you must be sure to sign paperwork to opt out of this coverage. This is an important step to prevent being charged for a Student Health Plan you do not need, which also may complicate medical payments when you have multiple health insurances.

If you are planning to go out-of-state for college, your health insurance options differ. It is recommended you work with your DCF social worker and area office DCF Health Advocate to determine which health insurance best fits your needs.




General Healthcare & Health Insurance Information

  • About the Affordable Care Act (also known as "Obamacare")
  • Access Health CT: Information on CT’s official health insurance marketplace.
  • CT Department of Public Health: Provides wide variety of information on specific health related topics such as immunizations laws, school health forms, environmental health and disease prevention.
  • DSS ConneCT: Online portal where you can access information on and apply for medical benefits, food stamps and/or cash assistance available through the Department of Social Services (DSS).
  • DSS Husky Health Program:  Information on CT Medicaid, benefit overview from behavioral health, medical coverage, dental and pharmacy.
  • Veyo: Non-Emergency Medical Transportation (NEMT): Information on Medicaid’s limited transportation benefit for members who have no other way of getting to their medical, behavioral health or dental appointments.

Insurance Coverage through Age 26

As of 2014, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) mandates Medicaid coverage for former foster care youth as a special eligibility group. This means that if you were in foster care in CT on your 18th birthday AND were receiving Medicaid benefits, then you are entitled to HUSKY A Health Insurance through age 26. This coverage is regardless of income and does not require you to complete an application for coverage.

For former foster care youth NOT eligible for HUSKY through this coverage category, youth living on their own or with family can apply for insurance either through an employer, Access Health CT or CT DSS.

More Information: "Health Reform Provides New Health Coverage for Youth Formerly in Foster Care", CT Voices for Children. July 2013.





Medical Resources

  • CT’s Medical Home Initiative (CMHI): A family-centered, community-based care coordination program for Children & Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN).
  • Health Grades: A quick search engine to access doctors and hospitals
  • HUSKY Health: Website for CT Medicaid, including information covered benefits and services, eligibility criteria and enrollment.




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