CT Programs & Services

  • Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) ProgramThe program is designed to assist participants to relearn, improve or retain the skills needed to live successfully in the community.
  • Alzheimer’s Respite Care ProgramThis program offers relief to stressed caregivers by providing information, support, the development of an appropriate plan of care, and services for the individual with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia. Administered by the Department on Aging.
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder – ASDThe Department of Social Services Waiver for Persons with Autism provides home-and community-based services to individuals with autism who do not have an intellectual disability (a full IQ score of 70 or higher).
  • Birth to ThreeMedicaid Reimbursement information for the Birth to Three program.
  • Board of Education and Services for the BlindThe Board of Education and Services for the Blind (BESB) is responsible for the confidential registry of people who are blind in Connecticut and provides, within available resources, comprehensive low vision services, specialized education services, life skills training, case management, and vocational services to individuals of all ages who are legally blind and to children who are visually impaired.
  • Business Intelligence and DSS HealthITThis section of our website is intended to provide you with an overview of the many Health Information Technology (HealthIT) initiatives underway. Our goal is to keep information on this site current so all stakeholders are informed about current endeavors, as well as planned HealthIT initiatives.
  • Care4KidsCare4Kids helps low to moderate income families in Connecticut pay for child care costs. This program is sponsored by the Connecticut office of Early Childhood.
  • Certified Community Behavioral Health ClinicsIn August 2015 the State of Connecticut, specifically the Departments of Social Services, Mental Health and Addiction Services, and Children and Families, submitted an application for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) funding opportunity 16-001, Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics Planning Grant.
  • Child SupportThe mission of the Office of Child Support Services within the Connecticut Department of Social Services is to improve the well-being of children, promote the self-sufficiency of families, and deliver quality child support services, with recognition that to grow and thrive children require the financial, medical, and emotional support of both parents, regardless of their living situation or relationship.
  • CHOICES is CT’s State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) for Medicare Beneficiaries.CHOICES Is administered by the State of Connecticut Department on Aging, in partnership with the Area Agencies on Aging and the Center for Medicare Advocacy, Inc. Our mission is to ­empower, educate, and assist Medicare-eligible individuals, their families, and caregivers through objective outreach, counseling, and training to make informed health insurance decisions that optimize access to care and benefits.
  • Commodity Supplemental Food ProgramThe Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) works to help improve the health of low-income persons at least 60 years of age by supplementing their diets with nutritious food products provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
  • Community First ChoiceAre you or a loved one living in the community and need assistance to remain there? The Affordable Care Act created an optional State Plan service which will allow eligible individuals to access Personal Attendant Care (PCA) and other services and supports through self-direction.
  • Community OptionsThe State of Connecticut offers a variety of services to help eligible individuals who need support to live at home or to return to community living. Many of the programs are administered under a Medicaid ‘waiver,’ meaning that Connecticut has received federal approval to waive certain Medicaid requirements to meet the service needs of older adults and adults with disabilities in the community.
  • Connect-AbilitySee the Ability. See How We Can Work Together. We welcome individuals, employers, family, youth, friends and colleagues to Connect-Ability—a special initiative for people with disabilities of all ages who are seeking employment for the first time or who want a new challenge, and employers of all sizes and in all industries who are seeking valuable, qualified workers. (Please note this is an external website not maintained by the Department of Social Services)
  • Connecticut AIDS Drug Assistance Program (CADAP)CADAP is a service that helps eligible Connecticut residents with HIV or AIDS afford the cost of medications approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
  • Housing Options for SeniorsThe Aging Services Division, Connecticut’s State Unit on Aging, administers many programs for housing with the diverse needs of seniors in mind. Included in these programs are assisted living, congregate housing, independent living options, continuing care retirement communities and more.
  • Human Services InfrastructureIn the system we envision, people would be able to get help that felt like help when they needed it and access concrete resources to support their efforts toward improved self-sufficiency.
  • HUSKY (Medicaid) Coverage for Breast and Cervical CancerMedicaid Coverage for Breast and Cervical Cancer aims to support the health of women receiving breast and cervical cancer screenings and services by providing full Medicaid coverage for them. This program works in conjunction with the Department of Public Health’s Connecticut Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program.
  • HUSKY Health (Medicaid & Children’s Health Insurance Program)HUSKY Health is the State of Connecticut’s public health coverage program for eligible children, parents, relative caregivers, elders, individuals with disabilities, adults without children, and pregnant women. Eligibility criteria vary. HUSKY Health encompasses: HUSKY A (Medicaid for children/parents/relative caregivers/pregnant women); HUSKY B (non-Medicaid Children’s Health Insurance Program); HUSKY C (Medicaid for the Aged/Blind/Disabled, also known as Title 19 and including Long-Term Care services); and HUSKY D (Medicaid for Low-Income Adults).
  • Integrated Care for Kids – A New Federal Grant OpportunityThe InCK Model will assist states and local communities in addressing priority health concerns for children.
  • Jobs FirstJobs First Employment Services, provided by the Department of Labor, are designed to rapidly move recipients of Temporary Family Assistance into employment and toward self-sufficiency.
  • Long-Term CareGovernor Dannel P. Malloy, joined by Department of Social Services Commissioner Roderick L. Bremby and Office of Policy and Management Undersecretary Anne Foley, announced the release of Connecticut’s Strategic Plan to Rebalance Long-Term Services and Supports, including a town-by-town projection of Connecticut’s long-term care needs and strategies to meet those needs, on January 29, 2013.
  • Med-Connect (Medicaid for Employees with Disabilities)Medicaid for Employees with Disabilities, also known as MED-Connect, provides medical assistance to employed individuals with disabilities. Enrollees can earn up to $75,000 per year and qualify for full Medicaid/HUSKY Health coverage.
  • Medicaid Nursing Home ReimbursementUnder the Connecticut Medicaid program, payment rates for nursing homes are set on a cost-based prospective basis in accordance with Section 17b-340 of the Connecticut General Statutes and Section 17-311-52 of the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies.
  • Medicare Savings ProgramThe State of Connecticut offers financial assistance to eligible Medicare enrollees through our ‘Medicare Savings Programs.’ These programs may help pay Medicare Part B premiums, deductibles and co-insurance.
  • Money Follows the Person
  • Money Follows the Person ProgramMoney Follows the Person is a Federal demonstration project dedicated to assuring Connecticut residents access to a full range of high quality, long-term care options that maximize autonomy, choice and dignity.
  • National Family Caregiver Support ProgramThe program was designed to give caregivers a variety of services to lean on so they can have support in caring for their loved ones at home. The program was created for family and other unpaid caregivers supporting older individuals, as well as grandparents and older relatives acting as parents.
  • Non-Emergency Medical Transportation (NEMT)Medicaid Non-Emergency Medical Transportation (NEMT) is an important benefit for Medicaid members who need to get to and from Medicaid-covered medical services but have no means of transportation.
  • Connecticut Behavioral Health Partnership – CTBHPCTBHP is a Partnership that consists of the Department of Children and Families (DCF), the Department of Social Services (DSS), the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS), ValueOptions® and a legislatively mandated Oversight Council. (Please note this is an external website not maintained by the Department of Social Services)
  • Connecticut Home Care Program For EldersThe Connecticut Home Care Program for Elders helps individuals to stay at home instead of going to a nursing home. Many people in nursing homes might have been able to stay in their homes if they had assistance with personal care, cooking and cleaning
  • Connecticut Home Care Program for Elders (CHCPE)This program provides services to help eligible residents live in the community. Eligible applicants must be 65 years of age or older, be at risk of nursing home placement and meet the program’s financial eligibility criteria. To be at risk of nursing home placement means that the applicant needs assistance with critical needs such as bathing, dressing, eating, taking medications and toileting. CHCPE helps clients continue living at home instead of going to a nursing home. Each applicant’s needs are reviewed to determine if he/she may remain at home with the help of home care services.
  • Connecticut Housing Engagement and Support Services (CHESS) Initiative
  • Connecticut Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed)The overall goal of the Connecticut SNAP-Ed program is grounded in the federal goal “to improve the likelihood that persons eligible for SNAP will make healthy food choices within a limited budget and choose physically active lifestyles consistent with the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) food guidance.”
  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing ServicesDeaf and Hard of Hearing Services was created by the Connecticut Legislature in 1974 to advocate, strengthen and implement state policies affecting Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals and their relationship to the public, industry, health care, and educational opportunities. As of July 1, 2011, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services is involved in an agency consolidation with the Department of Rehabilitation Services. (Please note this is an external website not maintained by the Department of Social Services)
  • Department of Rehabilitation ServicesThe Department of Rehabilitation Services (DORS) administers the Title I Vocational Rehabilitation and Title VI Supported Employment (SE) programs of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. As of July 1, 2011, the newly-created Bureau of Rehabilitative Services is involved in an agency consolidation with the Board of Education and Services for the Blind, the Commission on the Deaf and Hearing Impaired, the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services, part of the Department of Social Services and part of the Workers Compensation Commission. (Please note this is an external website not maintained by the Department of Social Services)
  • Disability ServicesThe Department administers programs which promote social, physical and economic well-being while providing people with disabilities with opportunities to achieve their full potential for self-direction. The Department works closely with an advisory council comprised primarily of people with disabilities which makes recommendations to improve the planning, development and administration of programs.
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  • Durable Medical EquipmentThe Department of Social Services Durable Medical Equipment program provides equipment to help you move around: canes, crutches, walkers and wheelchairs. DME also includes equipment needed to care for you at home: bed pans, heat lamps or pads, hospital beds, special toilet seats and machines that help make breathing easier. *Service available to Medicaid recipients only
  • Economic Security – Financial AssistanceThe financial assistance programs provide income support to individuals and families to meet their basic needs while encouraging their maximum degree of independence.
  • Electronic Visit VerificationThe Department of Social Services is proud to announce a unique partnership with Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Sandata Technologies, LLC. in the implementation of Electronic Visit Verification (EVV).
  • Energy Assistance – Winter HeatingThe Connecticut Energy Assistance Program (CEAP) is now open at community action agency sites around the state. To schedule an appointment, please call your local community action agency at the phone number provided below. You can also contact 2-1-1- United Way or the DSS Office of Community Services at 1-800-842-1132 for contact information on the intake site closest to where you reside.
  • Fatherhood Initiative of CTAnyone who tells you fatherhood is the greatest thing that can happen to you, they are understating it. -Mike Myers
  • Grandparents As ParentsThe State of Connecticut Department of Social Services Aging Services Division developed the Grandparents as Parents Support network (GAPS) to provide assistance in establishing grandparent support groups for grandparents and relatives raising children. This statewide network is designed to encourage and promote the creation of services for relatives who have taken on the responsibility of parenting.
  • PCMH+ Member InformationPerson-Centered Medical Home Plus or PCMH+ provides person-centered, comprehensive and coordinated care to HUSKY members.
  • Refugee Assistance ProgramThe Office of Community Services of the Department of Social Services (DSS) is responsible for disbursing federal funds related to the resettlement of refugees in Connecticut. Refugees are assigned by the U.S. State Department to local affiliates of national voluntary resettlement agencies in Connecticut.
  • School Based Child Health (SBCH)Medicaid School Based Child Health reimbursement information for School Districts and Providers.
  • Self Direction Personal Protection Equipment Request Form Submission (*Online)Please complete this form to request immediate and urgent PPE needs to support individuals and protect staff due to COVID19.
  • Social Work ServicesSocial Work Services develops services and methods of service delivery designed to respect the client’s right to self-determination and empower and protect individuals, families and those who are economically disadvantaged or otherwise vulnerable.
  • State Supplement for the Aged, Blind and DisabledThe State Supplement program gives money to help people with disabilities and the elderly meet basic living costs.
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – SNAPThe Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as Food Stamps, helps eligible individuals and families afford the cost of food at supermarkets, grocery stores and farmers’ markets.
  • Temporary Family Assistance – TFATFA is a cash assistance program for basic and special needs which are paid to recipients of Jobs First.
  • The Personal Care Attendant ProgramThe Department of Social Services operates the Personal Care Attendant Program that assists eligible adults who need assistance to remain at home. The goal of the PCA program is to provide an alternative to entering an institution and to have greater independence in a community setting.
  • Welfare to Work (Department of Labor)The mission of the Department of Labor’s Welfare to Work unit is to guide the provision of comprehensive, integrated employment and family support services that enable recipients of public assistance and those who are at risk of becoming recipients, to gain economic independence, and engage in life long learning. (Please note this is an external website not maintained by the Department of Social Services)
  • Women Infants and Children – WICThe Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children – better known as the WIC Program – serves to safeguard the health of low-income women, infants, and children up to age 5 who are at nutritional risk by providing nutritional assessment and education, referrals to health care and nutritious foods to supplement diets. (Please note this is an external website not maintained by the Department of Social Services)

Nutrition Assistance ProgramsNutrition Assistance programs provide food and cash equivalents to various populations DSS serves. Their goal is to promote adequate nutrition among the target populations.

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