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.
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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 1,600 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.