**All 12 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.

Media Room and Press Releases

Overview

Information for News Media


The DSS Communications Director assists news media from Connecticut and nationally with information about our programs, services and current topics/issues.

 
News media contact:
David Dearborn
david.dearborn@ct.gov

860-424-5024
 

Please note:  If you are a DSS client with a service eligibility issue, please follow this link for information.


About the Department of Social Services
The Department of Social Services 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 cities and towns, supporting the basic needs of children, families and individuals, including older adults and persons with disabilities.  With service partners, the agency provides health care coverage, food and nutrition assistance, financial assistance, child support services, energy aid, independent living services, social work services, protective services for the elderly, home-heating aid, and additional vital assistance.  DSS has approximately 1,700 dedicated staff led by Commissioner Deidre S. Gifford, MD, MPH, with services delivered through 12 field offices, central administration, and online and phone access options.  DSS was established on July 1, 1993, through a merger of the Departments of Income Maintenance, Human Resources, and Aging.

 

Please follow this link for Press Releases.

To view the Department of Social Services’ annual report for State Fiscal Year 2019, please follow this link.

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