**The DSS Greater Hartford and New Haven Field Offices are now available for pick-up and drop-off of applications/forms; filling out applications/forms on-site; general information; questions & answers; and picking up of EBT cards & income verifications. Lobby hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at 20 Meadow Rd., Windsor; and 50 Humphrey Street, New Haven.  Please note:  no in-person assistance such as interviewing and eligibility determination available yet, due to pandemic safety guidelines.  Visitors, please wear masks and observe safe social distancing.

 

**At all DSS Field Offices applications and drop-boxes are available.  For office locations, please visit www.ct.gov/dss/fieldoffices.

 

**Response time at our telephone Benefits Center (1-855-6-CONNECT) is currently longer than usual.  Thank you for your patience.

 

**24/7 access:  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.

Medicaid Waiver Applications

Overview

Notice of Intent to Amend the Personal Care Assistant Medicaid Waiver

In accordance with the provisions of section 17b-8 of the Connecticut General Statutes, notice is hereby given that the Commissioner of the Department of Social Services (DSS) intends to amend the Personal Care Assistant (PCA) waiver and proposes to add two additional services.

DSS proposes to add Personal Emergency Response Systems (PERS) and Home Delivered Meals (MOW) to the PCA waiver because these services are not currently available to individuals who opt for agency-based PCA services under the PCA waiver.  These two services are currently available to persons who are self-directing their PCA Services under the 1915k state plan Community First Choice Option.  By adding PERS and MOW to the PCA waiver, the services would be available to all individuals on the PCA waiver regardless of whether they choose to self-direct their PCA services or opt for agency-based PCA services.

The Department will be requesting a retroactive effective date of 10/1/19 to add these services.

For a copy of the Notice of Intent, please follow this link.

For a copy of the full waiver Application to Amend the Personal Care Assistant Medicaid Waiver, please follow this link.

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Notice of Intent to Renew the CT Home Care Program for Elders Medicaid Waiver and the 1915(b)-4 Selective Contracting Program

In accordance with the provisions of section 17b-8 of the Connecticut General Statutes, notice is hereby given that the Commissioner of the Department of Social Services intends to renew the CT Home Care Program for Elders Medicaid Waiver  and the 1915(b)-4 Selective Contracting Program effective 7/1/20.  The 1915(b)-4 allows the state to select providers of care management under DSS’ Medicaid waiver programs based on a competitive procurement.

The only change proposed in this renewal is to eliminate Support and Planning Coach as a Waiver Service.  The Support and Planning Coach service is available under the state’s 1915(k) Community First Choice program and is intended to assist persons in their efforts to self direct their services.  Retaining the service in this waiver would be duplicative.  No waiver participants will lose any services or be impacted negatively as a result of this change.

For a copy of the Notice of Intent, please follow this link.

For a copy of the full waiver Application for Renewal of the CT Home Care Program for Elders Medicaid Waiver, please follow this link.

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Addendum to CT Home Care Program for Elders Case Management Freedom of Choice Waiver

Part I: Program Overview

Tribal Consultation (continued):

After email notifications have been sent, the State determines that the tribes do not have any questions or concerns regarding the proposal if comments or questions are not received within two (2) weeks. In addition to the aforementioned notification and consultation process, the State will also arrange for a meeting or teleconference with the tribal representatives to discuss the proposed change for State Plan Amendments that may have a unique or particular impact on tribal members.

For this 1915(b)(4) waiver application, DSS emailed a “Notice of Intent to Renew the Home and Community Based Services Waiver” to the medical directors and their respective designees of both tribes on January XX, 2020. Specifically, the notice was sent to Carrie Janus and Connie Hilbert with the Mohegan Tribe and Barbara Poirer and Shanna Reels with the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation. CMS was also alerted to the tribal notification. In the time since the notice was sent, DSS has not received questions or comments from either tribe on the 1915(b)(4) waiver application. Since this time period has exceeded two (2) weeks, DSS has determined that the tribes do not have any questions or concerns regarding the proposal.

For a copy of the Addendum, please follow this link.

For a copy of the Application for Renewal of the CT Home Care Program for Elders Case Management Freedom of Choice Waiver, please follow this link.

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