*SNAP Recipients: Starting in January 2023, DSS will be texting renewal reminders to recipients who need to submit their renewal forms. Texts will come from the DSS Benefits Center phone number (855-626-6632). Texts will be strictly informational. They will NOT ask for identifying or personal information. Click here for more information.

*Don’t miss important news about your benefits: Update your contact info online now! Visit Update Us (ct.gov)

*24/7 access to DSS: Already a DSS client? Use the MyDSS mobile-friendly app: www.ct.gov/mydss. Apply & renew services at www.connect.ct.gov, plus get benefit status, notices, report changes, upload/send documents & more!

Media Room and Press Releases

Overview

Information for News Media

The DSS Communications Office 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

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 2021, please follow this link.

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