**The DSS Greater Hartford and New Britain Field Offices are closed, and are currently scheduled to re-open on Thursday, December 3, 2020

**DSS Field Offices are now open every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

**Field Offices and our telephone Benefits Center are closed on Wednesdays to allow our staff time to process applications, renewals and related work. Please visit www.ct.gov/dss/fieldoffices for full information about services at Field Offices, including interviews by appointment and Child Support services.

**24/7 access: Customers can access benefit and application information, at www.connect.ct.gov and www.ct.gov/dss/apply; or our Client Information Line at 1-855-6-CONNECT (1-855-626-6632) . More about 24/7 access options at www.ct.gov/dss/fieldoffices.

**Response time at our telephone Benefits Center, open every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 1-855-6-CONNECT (1-855-626-6632), is currently longer than usual.  Thank you for your patience.

How to Apply for Services

Contact

DSS Client Information Line & Benefits Center:

1. Call 1-855-6-CONNECT (1-855-626-6632)

(TTD/TTY 1-800-842-4524 for persons with speech or hearing difficulties)

2. Follow the prompts to get the information you need

Our new automated ‘interactive voice response’ telephone system will help DSS clients get the information you need without waiting to speak to an eligibility worker. You will also have the option of speaking to a worker, if you choose, during business hours.

Please use this new, toll-free service instead of the local DSS numbers you have been using. This Client Information Line service is available 24/7. You can also connect directly to a worker in our Benefits Center by following the phone menu prompts, Monday through Friday, between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. The Benefits Center is staffed with workers dedicated to answering your questions, processing change requests and providing you with information about other resources.