**All 12 DSS 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.  Drop-boxes are also available.  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.  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.


Press Releases

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  • 9/21/2017 State Files False Claims Act Lawsuit against Fairfield Dentist

    Attorney General George Jepsen and state Department of Social Services (DSS) Commissioner Roderick L. Bremby today announced that the state has filed a False Claims Act lawsuit against a Fairfield dentist alleging that he engaged in a long-term, pervasive scheme to defraud the state's Medicaid program.

  • 9/19/2017 FFY 18 SSBG Allocation Plan_Final

    The Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) was established by the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1981. It is an amendment to Title XX of the Social Security Act for the purpose of funding a variety of social service programs and related training activities.

  • 9/19/2017 NOI Waiver Renewal Posting effective 1-1-18 FINAL

    In accordance with the provisions of section 17b-8(c) of the Connecticut General Statutes, notice is hereby given that the Commissioner of Social Services intends to submit a renewal of the Home and Community Supports Waiver for Persons with Autism to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, to be effective January 1, 2018.

  • 9/19/2017 FFY 18 CSBG Allocation Plan_Final

    The Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) is administered by the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) through its administrative agency, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Community Services (OCS). The Connecticut Department of Social Services (DSS) is designated as the principal state agency for the allocation and administration of the block grant within the state of Connecticut.

  • 9/18/2017 Application for 1915c HCBS Waiver Draft CT0250100 Jan 01 2018

    The Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) waiver program is authorized in §1915(c) of the Social Security Act. The program permits a State to furnish an array of home and community-based services that assist Medicaid beneficiaries to live in the community and avoid institutionalization.

  • 9/18/2017 Connecticut Plans for the federal Social Services and Community Services Block Grants for Federal Fiscal Year 2018

    Public hearings on both block grant allocation plans are to be scheduled soon. Once the logistics are finalized, this information will be updated to include the date, time and location.

  • 9/7/2017 Connecticut Reaches Settlement with Hartford Dispensary to Resolve False Claims Act Allegations

    The Hartford Dispensary will pay $627,000 through a federal-state settlement to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by falsely certifying to federal and state officials that it had a current medical director that was performing his duties in accordance with federal and state law, Attorney General George Jepsen and state Department of Social Services Commissioner Roderick L. Bremby said today.

  • 8/25/2017 Autism Renewal Waiver Letter

    In accordance with the provisions of section l 7b-8 of the Connecticut General Statutes, notice is hereby given that the Commissioner of the Department of Social Services intends to renew the Connecticut Home and Community Supports Waiver for Persons with Autism (Lifespan waiver).

  • 7/14/2017 Connecticut Medicaid Best in Nation For Curbing Per-Enrollee Cost Trend

    A new cross-state comparison of Medicaid, Medicare and private insurance spending, published by Health Affairs and based on federal data, shows that Connecticut's Medicaid program led the nation in controlling cost trends, when measured per enrollee during the 2010-14 reporting period. Connecticut is reported as having reduced its per-person spending by a greater percentage (5.7%) than any other state in the country. Overall, Medicaid tracked lower nationally than both private health insurance and Medicare in the cost trend comparisons.

  • 7/13/2017 State Initiates False Claims Act Laws against Norwalk family Practitioner over Medicaid Fraud Allegations

    The state has initiated a False Claims Act lawsuit alleging that a Norwalk-based family practitioner engaged in a pervasive and illegal scheme to defraud Connecticut's Medicaid program by submitting false claims for services never provided, Attorney General George Jepsen and state Department of Social Services Commissioner Roderick L. Bremby said today. (July 13, 2017).

  • 7/1/2017 FFY 18 LIHEAP Allocation Plan_Final

  • 6/6/2017 Attorney General, DSS: State Reaches Settlement with Stamford-based Dentist Resolving False Claims Act Lawsuits

    A Stamford-based dentist will be excluded from participation in the state's Medicaid program for 10 years and will agree not to renew his expired dental license as part of a settlement resolving allegations that he engaged in a long-running and substantial scheme to submit false claims for dental services provided to residents of long-term care facilities in the state, Attorney General George Jepsen and state Department of Social Services (DSS) Commissioner Roderick L. Bremby announced today (June 6, 2017).

  • 5/3/2017 Gov. Malloy Reminds Connecticut Residents the Deadline to Apply for Home Heating Assistance is May 1; Those Seeking Assistance Should Call 2-1-1 or Visit www.ct.gov/staywarm for Guidance

    Governor Dannel P. Malloy today is reminding Connecticut residents who need help paying their home heating bills for the 2016-2017 winter season that there is still time to apply for assistance under the Connecticut Energy Assistance Program. The general deadline for applications is May 1, 2017, however eligible households that are subject to a shut-off notice by a utility for heating bills have an extended deadline of May 15.

  • 3/22/2017 Lt. Gov. Wyman. Dept of Social Services, Access Health CT Commemorate 7th Anniversary of Affordable Care Act

    Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman, Department of Social Services Commissioner Roderick Bremby, and Access Health CT CEO Jim Wadleigh released statements in advance of the seventh anniversary of the federal Affordable Care Act. In Connecticut, the ACA is credted with reducing the state’s uninsured rate by half to 3.8 percent, among the lowest in the nation. It has also spurred other major reform initiatives currently underway to improve the healthcare system and control costs.

  • 1/12/2017 State-Federal Settlement Reached with Home Health Agency and its Owners to Resolve False Claims Act Allegations

    A Stratford-based home health agency and its owners have reached a $5.25 million settlement with the state of Connecticut and the federal government to resolve allegations that the company submitted false claims to Connecticut's Medicaid program, Attorney General George Jepsen said today. The settlement stems from a three-year investigation led by the Office of the Connecticut Attorney General after an audit by the Department of Social Services… DSS Commissioner Roderick L. Bremby said, "This major investigation and settlement further indicate the need for strong financial oversight in our public medical assistance programs. I thank Attorney General Jepsen and his staff, as well as our other state and federal partners, for their outstanding work to safeguard fiscal integrity and protect taxpayer interests. I am also pleased to note that the investigation was based on a fraud referral following a regular audit by DSS Quality Assurance staff."