*DSS Field Offices & telephone Benefits Center (1-855-626-6632) are open Mondays, Thursdays & Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. & Tuesdays from 8 to 11:30 a.m. (closed Tuesdays from 11:30 a.m. on & all day Wednesdays as staff process applications, renewals & related work). Please see below for 24/7 access suggestions & www.ct.gov/dss/fieldoffices.

*For information & questions about your abortion rights in CT, call the CT Abortion Rights Information Line at 866-CTCHOICE.

*Did you know? HUSKY A/D/C & SNAP members can get $30/month internet discount & more through Affordable Connectivity Program.

*Don’t miss important news about your benefits: Update your contact info online now! For HUSKY A/B/D: www.accesshealth.ct.com for your Access Health CT User Account. For HUSKY C, SNAP or cash aid: www.connect.ct.gov or www.mydss.ct.gov for your DSS MyAccount.

*24/7 access to DSS: Apply & renew services at www.connect.ct.gov, plus get benefit status, notices, report changes, upload/send documents & more! Client Information Line: 1-855-626-6632. With MyDSS, our mobile-friendly app, access your account on any device (www.ct.gov/mydss).

Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents or ABAWDs

Laws/Regulations

In 1996, federal law put special work requirements in place for Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWDs) receiving SNAP benefits.  An ABAWD is a person who is aged 18 up to 50 years old who is fit for employment and has no dependents under the age of 18 living with him or her.  An ABAWD can only receive SNAP benefits for 3 months out of a 36 month period if he or she does not meet special ABAWD work requirements.
 
Like many states, Connecticut was able to waive (be excused from) the ABAWD time limit for the entire state, beginning in 2009, due to the unemployment rates at the time. 

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency, Congress has waived all SNAP work requirements. As a result, individuals will not be subject to the 3 month time limit for the remainder of the public health emergency.