The Department of Social Services has suspended in-person visits to our field offices as a protective measure for customers and staff. We are continuing to provide services. 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. Full information on ways to contact DSS online, by phone, by mail, and at office dropboxes is at www.ct.gov/dss/fieldoffices. Information and updates about child support is available at www.ct.gov/dss/childsupport. Please also visit www.ct.gov/coronavirus for latest State of Connecticut updates; and www.ct.gov/dss/covid for DSS-specific updates. Thank you.

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Renewing Your Benefits and Making Changes to Your MyAccount

If you are enrolled in one or more Department of Social Services programs, you will need to participate in a renewal process to check on your continued eligibility. You will get a notice in the mail when it is time to renew your benefits.

Online benefit renewal is here for DSS clients!

We’re pleased to introduce online renewal of eligibility for DSS enrollees! Save time and get 24/7 access to DSS. Now, you can go online and complete your renewal process. This is a great customer service feature for clients who are able to use a computer or smart phone.

Or, you can still renew the old-fashioned way – by mail. Just fill out the form we send you and mail it back to us. You can also drop off the completed renewal form at one of our 12 Field Offices

Follow this link to view an instructional video about online benefit renewal Opens in a new window , or see the instructions below.

How to renew online:
• If you already have opened a MyAccount and have associated your client ID number with it
, just go to www.ct.gov/dss/myaccountlogin Opens in a new window Opens in a new window Opens in a new window Opens in a new window to access your account. Then look for the ‘Renewals’ area.
Note: The ‘Renewals’ section will appear if you have a renewal due within 60 days.

If you already have opened a MyAccount and have NOT YET associated your client ID number with it, go to Opens in a new window Opens in a new window Opens in a new window Opens in a new window Opens in a new windowwww.ct.gov/dss/myaccountlogin  Opens in a new window Opens in a new window Opens in a new window Opens in a new windowto access your account. Then look for the ‘Associate Case’ instructions. Don’t worry, it’s easy to link your client ID number with your MyAccount in this way. After you associate your client ID number with your case, the ‘Renewals’ section will appear if you have a renewal due within 60 days.

If have not already opened a MyAccount, it’s easy to set one up – just go to Opens in a new window Opens in a new window Opens in a new windowwww.ct.gov/dss/myaccountlogin  Opens in a new window Opens in a new window Opens in a new window and click on 'Create an Account' in the MyAccount box. Please link your client ID number with your MyAccount at the ‘Associate Case’ area. If you do not yet have a client ID number, you can update MyAccount later to associate it with your case.

Thank you for using our new online renewal feature. We hope you will find it convenient and helpful!

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Tips for renewing:

Be sure to have your client ID number handy.

You may need to report and verify the following information:

Income
Assets
Living arrangements
Other changes

You receive an inheritance
You receive a lawsuit settlement
You open or close a bank account
You buy or register a motor vehicle
You enroll in school, change schools, quit or graduate

If you are renewing online, you can scan or take photos of any needed documentation and upload it through the MyAccount feature.

If you are renewing by mail, you can include copies of any needed documentation.

Reporting Changes

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Changes which may affect your program eligibility must be reported to the Department of Social Services within 10 days. You can report changes online, by phone, or in person at DSS offices. For examples of changes to report, please scroll down. Thank you!

Online ‘change’ reporting is here for DSS clients!

We’re pleased to introduce online change reporting for DSS clients! Save time and get 24/7 access to DSS. Now, you can report changes and upload supporting verifications/documents through your MyAccount (online client benefits account). This is a great customer service feature for clients who are able to go online!

You can report changes in income, household size, and other eligibility-related information (please scroll down to see list of changes to report).

Follow this link to view an instructional video about reporting changes online Opens in a new window, or see the instructions below.

How to report changes online:
If you already have opened a MyAccount and have associated your client ID number with it, just go to Opens in a new window Opens in a new window Opens in a new windowwww.ct.gov/dss/myaccountlogin  Opens in a new window Opens in a new window Opens in a new window to access your account. Then look for the ‘Report Change’ link at the top of the page.
If you already have opened a MyAccount and have NOT YET associated your client ID number with it, go to Opens in a new window Opens in a new window Opens in a new windowwww.ct.gov/dss/myaccountlogin  Opens in a new window Opens in a new window Opens in a new window to access your account. Then look for the ‘Associate Case’ instructions. Don’t worry, it’s easy to link your client ID number with your MyAccount in this way. After you associate your client ID number with your case, the ‘Report Change’ link will be available at the top of the page. If you do not yet have a client ID number, you can update MyAccount later to associate it with your case.
If have not already opened a MyAccount, it’s easy to set one up – just go to www.connect.ct.gov Opens in a new window Opens in a new window Opens in a new window Opens in a new window Opens in a new window Opens in a new window Opens in a new window Opens in a new window and click on 'Create an Account' in the MyAccount box. Please link your client ID number with your MyAccount at the ‘Associate Case’ area. If you do not yet have a client ID number, you can update MyAccount later to associate it with your case.

Thank you for using our new online change reporting feature. We hope you will find it convenient and helpful!

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To report changes, you may call the DSS Client Information Line and Benefits Center at 1-855-6-CONNECT (or 1-855-626-6632).

Be sure to have your client ID number handy.

Examples of changes you should report are:

Changes in income
You start employment
You change employers
You end employment
You start to receive unemployment compensation
Your unemployment compensation ends
You start to receive social security
You start to receive child support payments
Any other changes in income over $100.00 per month

Changes in living arrangements
Someone moves into your household
Someone moves out of your household
You move
You get married
You get divorced
You become pregnant
You give birth
You enter a drug treatment program, rehabilitational facility or hospital for over 30 days

Other changes
You receive an inheritance
You receive a lawsuit settlement
You open or close a bank account
You buy or register a motor vehicle
You enroll in school, change schools, quit or graduate