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 nearly 850,000 residents through HUSKY Health (Medicaid & Children’s Health Insurance Program), including medical, dental, behavioral health, prescription medications, long-term services and supports.
• helps nearly 370,000 residents afford food and supports Connecticut’s economy with federally-funded Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP).
• has 1,600 dedicated staff led by Commissioner Deidre S.Gifford, MD, MPH.
Vision, Mission and Values
Guided by our shared belief in human potential, we envision a Connecticut where all have the opportunity to be healthy, secure and thriving.
We, along with our partners, provide person-centered programs and services to enhance the well-being of individuals, families and communities.
Communication—Open and constructive sharing of information at all levels.
Respect—Treating all people with dignity and understanding.
Service—Professional commitment to excellence.
Accountability—Personal and team responsibility for results.
Innovation—Creating and embracing new ideas to improve our work.