DSS: Core
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 Highlights
 
 Pharmaceutical & Therapeutics Committee
 
 Learn How Medicare RX Can Help Pay For Prescription Drugs
  Next opportunity to enroll is November 15 - December 31, 2008 for a plan that begins January 1, 2009
 
 TANF State Plan 2009-2011
  The State of Connecticut Department of Social Services has revised the State Plan for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program to plan for federal fiscal years 2009 through 2011 - the TANF Plan 2009-2011, revised November 6, 2008 , includes a summary of the changes on page 4 and is available for review.
 
 Many Farmers' Markets Now Accept SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)
  Learn How You Can Use SNAP at Local Farmers' Markets
 
 Hot Weather Preparedness
  Tips For Seniors And Persons With Disabilities: Though persons of all ages could benefit from these tips on hot weather preparedness, seniors are more prone to heat-related health problems than younger people. More...
 
 Social Services Manager to be Recognized
  Managerial Service Award to be Given at State Manager's Day- Department of Social Services Director of Assistance Programs, Kevin Loveland, receives 2006 Distinguished Managerial Service Award.
 
 DSS Releases HUSKY Outreach Request for Applications (RFA)
  HUSKY Outreach RFA implements Governor's $1 million initiative to boost the number of children and teenagers enrolled in Connecticut's HUSKY Healthcare program.
 
 TANF Caseload Reduction Report
  Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Caseload Reduction Report is available for public comment & review.
 
 Governor Rell Names Michael P. Starkowski New Commissioner of Social Services
  “Mike is a leading authority on public financing of health care for children, the elderly and people with disabilities and I am pleased to have an individual of his caliber as part of my leadership team," Governor Rell said in her announcement.
 
 Governor Rell Announces $1.1 Million in Grants to Boost Children's Enrollment in HUSKY Health Care
  Governor M. Jodi Rell today announced the awarding of $1.1 million in grants to schools and community agencies as part of her wide-ranging initiative to make sure that all Connecticut children are covered by health insurance.
 
 Public Housing Agency Plan Public Hearing
  Notice of Public Hearing The Department of Social Services will hold a Public Hearing on the Annual Public Housing Agency Plan required under 24 CFR 903 on Monday, April 9, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. until 11:00a.m. at the Department of Social Services located at 25 Sigourney Street, Hartford, CT.
 
 Greetings
 
 Governor Rell Announces New Outreach Efforts to Boost HUSKY Enrollment
  Governor Applauds Recent Enrollment Efforts -- 9,000 More Children Signed Up Over Past 8 Months – Says More To Be Done
 
 Child Care and Development Fund Draft Plan
  A series of public hearings are being held for review and comment on the Child Care and Development Fund Draft Plan.
 
 Governor Rell Announces Steady Rise in Connecticut Children with Health Coverage
  10,600 More Children Signed Up for HUSKY Health Care Over Past 10 Months;Governor Renews Challenge to Legislature to Fund Her ‘Charter Oak’ Plan for Adults
 
 Connecticut's Charter Oak Health Plan
  Learn about Connecticut’s new health coverage for uninsured adults
 
 Apply for Rent Subsidy Waiting Lists June 18-July 2
  From June 18 through July 2, 2007, families and individuals may apply to be on the waiting lists for the state of Connecticut's 2 housing rental assistance/subsidy programs - the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program and the State Rental Assistance Program.
 
 Connect-Ability
  DSS Announces New Initiative to Bring Together Connecticut Employers and Able Job-Seekers with Disabilities.
 
 Notices on proposed settlement of lawsuit about dental services in the HUSKY Plan (Carr vs. Wilson-Coker)
  As part of the proposed settlement agreement between the State of Connecticut and Greater Hartford Legal Aid regarding the provision of dental services in the HUSKY Plan, the notices provide information about the changes and improvements that will result from the settlement upon final approval.
 
 CT Council for Persons with Disabilities
  The CT Council for Persons with Disabilities is recruiting for Council members.
 
 Hospital Hardship Fund
  State Awards $20.3 Million to Eight Hospitals Facing Financial Hardship.
 
 Governor Rell Announces Pilot Program to Help Adults with Disabilities Live at Home
  (9/28/07)Governor M. Jodi Rell today announced the opening of a pilot program aimed at helping adults with disabilities avoid expensive and confining nursing facility care by living in the community with cost-effective support services.
 
 General background information about opposition to Raised Bill No. 5617, An Act Delaying Implementation of and Making Revisions to the Charter Oak Health Plan
 
 Public Housing Agency Annual Plan For Fiscal Year 2011
  The Department of Social Services intends to submit its Public Housing Agency Annual Plan for Fiscal Year 2011 to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
 
 Get Your Federal $$ --Economic Stimulus Payment
  Governor M. Jodi Rell is encouraging Connecticut residents to file a federal income tax return to ensure that they receive their stimulus payments or “rebates” from the United States Treasury.
 
 SCSU Report and Commissioner's Letter on New Department of Aging
 
 Wave of the Future: Directions in Connecticut’s Long-Term Care
  Powerpoint presentation given by Social Services Commissioner Michael P. Starkowski at the First Annual Summit on Nursing Homes, April 2, 2008
 
 Addressing Connecticut's Uninsured: Charter Oak and HUSKY
  Powerpoint presentation by Social Services Commissioner Michael P. Starkowski, April 8, 2008
 
 Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) - Revised
  The State of Connecticut Department of Social Services has revised the State Plan for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program.
 
 Eight Connecticut Companies Earn ‘Connect-Ability’
  Annual Employment Summit Discusses Promoting People with Disabilities and the Changing Workforce
 
 Notice of Changes and Proposed Changes to the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) State
  State Plan Amendment for the HUSKY B program (State Children’s Health Insurance Program), submitted by the Department of Social Services to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
 
 Charter Oak Health Plan Call Center Receives Over 1,000 Calls on First Day
  1,000 Calls from Public with Questions and Application Requests Received by 4 p.m.
 
 Governor Rell: Eligibility in Charter Oak Tops 2,000; Enrollment Tops 1,000
  Governor M. Jodi Rell today announced that her Charter Oak Health Plan has crossed two major milestones, with more than 2,000 people now eligible to receive coverage and more than 1,000 members enrolled in one of the three managed care organizations offering services under Charter Oak
 
 HUSKY Primary Care (PCCM): Providers Invited
  The Department is seeking applications from primary care providers who are interested in joining HUSKY Primary Care, Connecticut’s Primary Care Case Management (PCCM) program. In HUSKY Primary Care, HUSKY A members enroll directly with a primary care provider, rather than with a HUSKY managed care health plan.
 
 Commissioner Starkowski's Presentation to the Connecticut Association for Home Care & Hospice
  Commissioner Starkowski's October 2, 2008 Powerpoint presentation to the Connecticut Association for Home Care & Hospice
 
 State OKs Separate Enrollment of Doctors, Hospitals In HUSKY Program; Charter Oak Also Enrolling
  Governor Expresses State’s Commitment to Landmark Charter Oak Program;Now Serving 2,300 Previously Uninsured Residents, with 1,450 More Soon to Enroll
 
 HUSKY and Charter Oak Update
  Information about enrollment of medical providers in the HUSKY and Charter Oak health coverage programs along with contact points.
 
 Governor Rell: Thousands of People to Receive Home Heating Aid
  Fuel Assistance Information Available Through Free Statewide Helpline: 2-1-1
 
 HUSKY Waiver and Appendices
  The State of Connecticut will be submitting its Medicaid Managed Care (HUSKY A) waiver application to the Federal government as authorized under section 1915(b) of the Social Security Act. The current waiver period ends June 30, 2009. This waiver application covers the period of 7/1/2009 through 6/30/2011. Interested individuals may submit comments by 2/25. Follow the link above for the waiver and comment instructions.
 
 3 Nursing Homes Up for Sale
  Three skilled nursing facilities in eastern Connecticut, currently in receivership, are being offered for sale through a bidding process.
 
 6 Additional Nursing Homes Up for Sale
  Bids Sought by Receiver for Marathon Facilities in Norwalk, New Haven, Prospect, Torrington, Waterbury, and West Haven
 
 State's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Weatherization Assistance Program State Plan (2009 – 2012)
  The Department of Social Services has submitted the draft Weatherization Assistance Program State Plan to the federal Department of Energy for approval.
 
 Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program
  The Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) is seeking public comment for the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP)state plan draft.
 
 Invitation for Public Comment on Child Care Plan
  The Department of Social Services is seeking public comment on the draft version of the Child Care Plan.
 
 Care 4 Kids - Child Care Assistance Program Changes
  Information Brief describes two changes to the DSS Care 4 Kids program
 
 DSS Offices Closed July 2-5, 2010
  All Department of Social Services offices will be closed Friday, July 2, 2010, through Monday, July 5, 2010. Offices will reopen on Tuesday, July 6, 2010.
 
 Crescent Manor Bid Program
  A Medicaid and Medicare-certified, 115-bed nursing facility operated by a Court-appointed Receiver will be sold through a bid program
 
 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 - Early Head Start Expansion
  Funding Opportunity for American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 Early Head Start Expansion. This funding will support the enrollment of additional children and families as well as create new teaching and other positions in Early Head Start programs.
 
 Funding Opportunity: American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 Early Head Start Expansion
  This grant opportunity is being made available under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, and will support the enrollment of additional children and families as well as create new teaching and other positions in Early Head Start programs.
 
 State Plan for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program for FFY 2009-2011 being revised - - Public Comment Sought
  The State of Connecticut Department of Social Services is proposing to revise the State Plan for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program for FFY 2009-2011.
 
 Connecticut Child Care and Development Fund Plan Application Format FFY 2010 - 2011 - - Public Comment Sought
  Connecticut Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Plan FFY 2010–2011 - required application format - invitation for public comment.
 
 Connecticut Council For Persons With Disabilities is Seeking New Members
  The Connecticut Council for Persons with Disabilities is an advisory body to the Commissioner of the Department of Social Services (DSS) created by Connecticut General Statutes. The role of the Council is to advise DSS in carrying out its duties as lead agency for services to persons with physical and mental disabilities and as coordinating agency for the delivery of such services by all state agencies. The Council currently has several vacancies and is specifically seeking members with disabilities and members who are users of personal assistance services.
 
 Governor Rell Announces Boost in Food Aid For Thousands of Connecticut Families
  More Households Eligible for Food Stamps as Benefits Rise in Federally Funded Program
 
 Governor Rell Celebrates One-Year Anniversary of Charter Oak Health Plan as Enrollment Passes 10,000
  August 14, 2009 - Governor M. Jodi Rell today hailed the one-year anniversary of her landmark Charter Oak Health Plan, a ground-breaking initiative providing access to affordable health care now serving more than 10,000 Connecticut residents.
 
 Governor Rell: State Approved for $76 Million in Stimulus
  Governor M. Jodi Rell announced that Connecticut has received federal approval for plans to use more than $76 million in stimulus funds to expand home weatherization and bolster community programs that provide myriad social services across the state.
 
 The Department of Social Services will be taking part in an event to provide assistance and service information to homeless and indigent veterans of our state.
  DSS will be on hand on Friday September 18, 2009 from 7 am to 3 pm on the grounds of the Connecticut Veterans’ Home in Rocky Hill for the Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs “Stand Down” event.
 
 Governor Rell: State Directs $10.8 Million in Stimulus To Combat Homelessness
  Governor M. Jodi Rell today announced that the state has directed $10.8 million in federal stimulus funds to prevent homelessness through a community-based program that provides assistance for rent and utility bills intervenes during evictions and offers emergency lodging and other services aimed at keeping Connecticut families and individuals from losing their homes.
 
 Long Term Care Financial Managers Association Meeting
  Commissioner Michael P. Starkowski addresses the Long Term Care Financial Managers Association. Follow this link for the full presentation.
 
 Bureau of Rehabilitation Services Public Meeting
  The State Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS), Department of Social Services, is hosting public meetings On Monday, November 9, 2009 to provide information, answer questions, and seek comments on exciting changes in Connecticut.
 
 Governor Rell: Residents May Apply Now for Home-Heating Aid
  Governor M. Jodi Rell is reminding Connecticut residents who need help keeping their homes warm to apply now for winter heating assistance benefits.
 
 Care 4 Kids Program Open to Working Families
  Connecticut’s Care 4 Kids child care assistance program is open for services to eligible working families until further notice, pending budget availability.
 
 
Department of Social Services Mobile Office
  The DSS Rx-Xpress is a mobile Medicare Rx assistance center operated by the Connecticut Department of Social Services and CHOICES (Connecticut’s program for Health assistance, Outreach, Information and referral, Counseling and Eligibility Screening), providing Medicare Rx assistance and eligibility screening for benefits to older adults and persons with disabilities
 
 ConnPACE Prescription Drug Assistance Program
  Connecticut offers the ConnPACE Prescription Drug Assistance Program to eligible adults 65 and older and people with disabilities. Changes are coming to the program effective January 1, 2010.
 
 Medicare Savings Programs: Good News for Many Medicare and ConnPACE Enrollees
  The 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. More people are eligible now than ever before.
 
 About the Medicare Savings Programs
 
 ConnPACE and Medicare Savings Programs
 
 Application for the Medicare Savings Programs
 
 Additional Help - the Low Income Subsidy
 
 Estate Recovery
 
 Frequently Asked Questions
 
 Annual Legislative Briefing on Money Follows the Person
  The Department of Social Services has submitted status updates on the Money Follows the Person Program to the Human Services' and Aging Committees of the Connecticut General Assembly. Follow this link for the full report.
 
 The TANF FFY 2009 Annual Caseload Reduction Report is available for public review and comment.
 
 More Residents Turning to State for Help, Pushing Up DSS Caseloads by 18%
  Connecticut residents are increasingly turning to state government for help in meeting the basic needs of food, medical care and financial support, as the economic downturn continues to fuel higher enrollment in a wide range of programs run by the Department of Social Services.
 
 Governor M. Jodi Rell and State Agencies Issue ‘Shelter Alert’ To Shelters, Local Emergency Officials & Others
  With temperatures forecasted below freezing, Governor M. Jodi Rell, Department of Social Services Commissioner Michael P. Starkowksi and Department of Emergency Management Homeland Security Commissioner Peter Boynton are encouraging Connecticut residents to call 2-1-1 Infoline to locate shelters and emergency facilities this weekend.
 
 DSS reinstating State Medical Assistance for Non-Citizens program
  The Department of Social Services is reinstating medical coverage for approximately 4,600 documented non-citizens in Connecticut, as result of a Hartford Superior Court ruling January 8, 2010. DSS is also re-opening the program to new applicants as a result of the court ruling.
 
 HUSKY Primary Care Information and Updates
 
HUSKY Primary Care, Connecticut’s Primary Care Case Management pilot program, is now available to HUSKY A members as an additional and alternative enrollment option in the New Haven, Hartford, Waterbury and Willimantic areas.  Please follow links below for:
 
 Notice of Public Hearing on proposed Weatherization Assistance for Low Income Persons Program State Plan
  The Department of Social Services will hold a public hearing Tuesday, March 16, 2010, to provide an opportunity for Connecticut citizens to comment on the proposed Weatherization Assistance for Low Income Persons Program State Plan. The public hearing will also cover amendments to the current state plan made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. The hearing will be held 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. at the Department of Social Services, Mezzanine Room 1, 25 Sigourney Street, Hartford, CT 06416.
 
 Governor Rell and Rep. Schofield Remind Medicare Recipients That Help is Available to Pay Premiums and Copays
  Governor M. Jodi Rell and Rep. Linda Schofield today announced that many seniors and individuals with disabilities who rely on Medicare can save nearly $100 in monthly premiums and other costs by enrolling in the state’s expanded Medicare Savings programs.
 
 Governor Rell: Connecticut Seeking New Federal Health Care Dollars
  Federal officials have told the Rell Administration that Connecticut is the first state to formally seek approval to cover more people under Medicaid and, in the process, to capture tens of millions of dollars in new federal revenue.
 
 Enhancing Child Care Services with Stimulus Funding: Department of Social Services Approves Projects
  The Connecticut Department of Social Services has allocated nearly $1.8 million in federal stimulus dollars to fund projects aimed at enhancing the quality of child care services throughout the state.
 
 Navigating the Gateway to Public Services
  Powerpoint presentation by Commissioner Michael P. Starkowski to the General Assembly’s Appropriations and Human Services Committees, May 25, 2010. Overview of DSS services and plans to modernize client service delivery through a variety of technological and structural improvements.
 
 Courtland Gardens Public Hearing June 8
  The Department of Social Services will hold a public hearing Tuesday, June 8, at 6 p.m. at Courtland Gardens Health Center, Stamford, to hear comment on the skilled nursing facility owner’s application for a ‘certificate of need’ to close. The purpose of this public hearing is to provide residents of Courtland Gardens, resident family members, staff and concerned parties the opportunity to comment on this Certificate of Need application.
 
 Behavioral Health Recovery Plan RFP
  The Departments of Mental Health & Addiction Services and Social Services are launching a joint initiative to manage behavioral health services for individuals enrolled in the Medicaid fee-for-service program. The request for proposals explains the initiative and the state’s requirements.
 
 Invitation for Public Comment on the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Plan
  The State of Connecticut's Department of Social Services is seeking public comment on the draft version of the Temporary Assistance for Need Families (TANF) State Plan FFY 2009-2011.
 
 Children’s Health Insurance Program Plan Amendment
  The Department of Social Services is forwarding a Children’s Health Insurance Program plan amendment to the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services as part of implementation of legislative changes to the HUSKY B program. The changes include an increase to the monthly premium for coverage of children in households earning from 235% to 300% of the federal poverty level; non-preventive office visit and prescription medication co-payment increases; and changed calculation methodology to determine the maximum cost sharing amounts incurred by families.
 
 Decision on Courtland Gardens Health Center’s Application for Termination of Services and Closure of Facility
  Courtland Gardens Health Center submitted a “Certificate of Need” on May 10, 2010. A public hearing was held on June 8, 2010, and the Department of Social Services has reviewed the availability of nursing home beds in the area, prospects for sale of the facility to another operator, and historical and current occupancy rates at Courtland Gardens. On July 1, 2010, the department denied the request for closure.
 
 Child Support Guidelines Survey
  The state Commission for Child Support Guidelines is seeking public input through a new survey. Follow this link to get to the Commission’s survey and make your comments on Connecticut’s Child Support and Arrearage Guidelines. The Commission is reviewing the guidelines now and wants to hear about your experience with the guidelines and how you believe they can be made better.
 
 Health Coverage for Pre-Existing Conditions (Temporary High-Risk Pool Program)
  Governor M. Jodi Rell has announced that Connecticut will have a state-administered, federally-funded Temporary High-Risk Pool Program with significantly lower premiums than originally proposed. For the first time, the federal government will provide funding to make heath care coverage available to adults of all incomes with pre-existing medical conditions. Applications will open August 1 (check back to this website for updates). The state-sponsored Charter Oak Health Plan is currently available to adults with pre-existing conditions (www.charteroakhealthplan.com)
 
 Governor Rell: State Enforcement Collects Nearly $310 Million in Child Support
  Governor M. Jodi Rell today announced that state and judicial agencies collected nearly $310 million in court-ordered child support last fiscal year, most of which went to assist children in middle-class, working families.
 
 Care 4 Kids Eligibility Change for New Applicants
  This information brief describes a change that will affect new applicants to the Care 4 Kids program, beginning November 6, 2010.
 
 Notice of Intent to Amend Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program Administrative Plan
  The department intends to amend the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program Administrative Plan, Chapter 4, Maintaining the Waiting List to include language for Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing Vouchers and a one time commitment of vouchers in support of a HUD study on the impact of housing and services for homeless families. Written comments will be accepted through November 29, 2010.
 
 DSS on Road to Modernizing Client Services
  The major initiative to improve access to services at the Department of Social Services is outlined in this PowerPoint presentation, titled, ‘Modernization of Client Service Delivery at The Connecticut Department of Social Services.' Most recently used at a presentation to the Connecticut Local Administrators of Social Services, the PowerPoint will be periodically updated and posted here. It provides an overview of DSS’s current services and covers the technological and structural improvements being planned at the department.
 
 DSS Participates in HUD Study of Impact of Housing and Services for Homeless Families
  The Department of Social Services will be providing up to 20 Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers for homeless families enrolled in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Study of the Impact of Housing and Services for Homeless Families, being conducted by Abt Associates Inc.
 
 DSS Offices closed for Good Friday
  Please be advised that Department of Social Services offices will be closed in observance of Good Friday, April 22. We wish a safe and happy Easter weekend to all.
 
 DSS Offices Closed December 24-27
  All Department of Social Services offices will be closed Friday, December 24; and Monday, December 27 (state furlough day). Offices will reopen on Tuesday, December 28. Happy holidays from all of us at DSS.
 
 The TANF Annual Caseload Reduction Report for FFY 2011 is available for public review and comment.
 
 DSS Offices Closed December 31
  All Department of Social Services offices will be closed Friday, December 31
 
 Find out if you qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit
  The Earned Income Tax Credit is a refundable federal income tax credit for low- to moderate-income working individuals and families. Workers who qualify can have some or all of the federal income tax that was taken out of their pay during the year refunded to them. To qualify, taxpayers must meet certain requirements and file a tax return, even if they do not have a filing requirement (Form 1040 or 1040A – and you must fill out and attach Schedule EIC). Eligible applicants may qualify for up to $5,666 from the Federal Earned Income Credit. Visit www.211ct.org/taxes/ for more information about the Earned Income Tax Credit, as well as the Federal Child Tax Credit and the Federal Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit.
 
 DSS Offices Closed February 11, 2011
  Please note that all Department of Social Services offices will be closed Friday, February 11, 2011, for the state holiday in observance of Lincoln's Birthday. Offices will reopen on Monday, February 14, 2011.

Offices will reopen on Monday, February 14, 2011.
 
 Malloy/Wyman Streamline Administration of Health Care Services for Nearly 600,000 Residents
  The administration of Governor Dannel P. Malloy and Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman today announced plans for sweeping, cost-saving changes in the organization of state health care programs for nearly 600,000 residents.

The administration also approved a major expansion of the ‘Money Follows the Person’ (MFP) program for seniors and adults with disabilities leaving nursing home care for community living.
 
 Governor Malloy Hails Major Federal Grant for Technology in Health Care Reform
  The administration of Governor Dannel P. Malloy and Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman has announced that Connecticut residents and businesses will benefit from a $35.6 million federal grant aimed at helping New England states develop a state-of-the-art, online gateway to health insurance options.
 
 DSS Offices Closed February 21, 2011
  Please note that all Department of Social Services offices will be closed Monday, February 21, 2011, for the state holiday in observance of President's Day. Offices will reopen on Tuesday, February 22, 2011
 
 Governor Malloy Appoints New DSS Commissioner: Roderick L. Bremby to Take the Helm
  March 8, 2011 -- Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced the appointment of Mr. Roderick L. Bremby, former Secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, as the new Commissioner of the Department of Social Services (DSS). At a Capitol news briefing to announce the appointment, Governor Malloy said Commissioner-designate Bremby would be available to begin duties at DSS on April 4. Click above link to go to the Governor's news release.
 
 Connecticut Initiative for Emergency Preparedness and Child Care
  The Department of Social Services is partnering with the Departments of Public Health and Emergency Management and Homeland Security to work with Save the Children, local emergency response personnel to increase emergency preparedness at child care centers across Connecticut. It is estimated that over 200,000 children are enrolled in child care centers, child day care homes and before and after school facilities across the state.
 
 
New Information About SNAP (Food Stamp) Benefits
  The Department of Social Services is implementing a federal requirement regarding the calculation of benefits in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps). SNAP clients who are affected by this change are receiving notices in the mail. Follow this link for a copy of the client notice and a Q & A guide.
 
 Governor Malloy: $1 Million Federal Grant to Improve Patient Care in Medicaid, Medicare
  4/7/11 - Connecticut Wins Award to Pilot New Form of Health Care Coordination for Older Adults, People with Disabilities
 
 Notice of Changes to the State Children's Health Insurance Program State Plan
  The Department of Social Services is forwarding a Children’s Health Insurance Program plan amendment to the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services as part of implementation of legislative changes to HUSKY B cost-sharing. These changes include increases in non-preventive office visit co-payments, increases in prescription medication co-payment and co-insurance for non-preventive dental services; and changed calculation methodology to determine the maximum cost sharing amounts incurred by families. In addition, the plan amendment includes the implementation of “presumptive eligibility."
 
 ‘Person-Centered Medical Home’ Model to Expand Statewide under HUSKY, Medicaid, Charter Oak Programs
  5/12/11 - Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman joined State Representative Michelle Cook (D-65th District), Office of Policy and Management Secretary Benjamin Barnes, Department of Social Services Commissioner Roderick Bremby and medical providers to announce the next steps in Connecticut’s plan to bring fundamental change to the way state health care programs serve nearly 600,000 residents.
 
 HUSKY A Members Who Live in the Putnam Area Can Now Enroll in the HUSKY Primary Care Option
  HUSKY A members who live in the following towns can now enroll in the HUSKY Primary Care option: Putnam, Brooklyn, Killingly, Plainfield, Pomfret, Woodstock, and Thompson. HUSKY A members in other towns can also enroll if they or a family member are treated by a participating Primary Care Provider (PCP) who has an office in a participating town.
 
 Governor Malloy: Partnership With Employers, Non-Profits To Create Over 275 Job Opportunities For Citizens With Disabilities
  6/16/11 - Governor Dannel P. Malloy today joined a coalition of business, government and advocacy groups at a statewide employment forum, announcing a job training and placement initiative for over 275 citizens with disabilities and underscoring the economic connection between Connecticut’s employers and a diversified workforce.
 
 Implementation of Child Support Annual Fee
  As a result of the recently passed state budget, effective July 1, 2011, an annual fee of not more than $25 will be collected from payments sent to Connecticut child support recipients who receive at least $500 child support within the state fiscal year and meet other specific criteria.
 
 ConnPACE Changes
  State budget legislation is bringing changes to the ConnPACE prescription drug assistance program. Follow link above for a summary of what ConnPACE beneficiaries need to know.
 
 DSS Clients May be Eligible to Have Pets Spayed/Neutered/Vaccinated at Low-Cost
  If you are eligible for one or more of seven DSS programs, you may also qualify to have your pet spayed or neutered, and vaccinated, at a discounted price through the state Department of Agriculture’s Animal Population Control Program. Please follow this link for details and application.
 
 New Child Care Plan Available
  The Connecticut Child Care and Development Fund Plan for the 2012-2013 federal fiscal year outlines the state’s plans and goals for child care services, including program quality improvement, provider training, and parent education and outreach.
 
 News Article: ‘DSS Commissioner Trying to Push Back a Tidal Wave of Paper’
  News article by Arielle Becker Levin of the CT Mirror (July 27, 2011)
 
 Gov. Malloy Announces Lower Cost for Most Enrollees in Connecticut’s Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan
  August 2 - Governor Dannel P. Malloy today welcomed federal approval of a flat $381 monthly premium in the Connecticut Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan, a move expected to boost enrollment in the year-old program by slashing premium costs by as much as 57% for older beneficiaries.
 
 'SNAP’ Recipients Eligible for Food Replacement Benefits After Tropical Storm Irene; Deadline for Reporting is September 19 at Midnight
  State gets federal aid for low-income residents hit by storm food spoilage.
 
 Wallingford Firm Picked To Streamline Administration Of Health Care In Medicaid, Husky, Charter Oak Plans
  Department of Social Services Awards Contract to Community Health Network of Connecticut, Inc.
 
 Invitation for Public Comment on the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Plan
  The State of Connecticut's Department of Social Services is seeking public comment on the draft version of the Temporary Assistance for Need Families (TANF) State Plan FFY 2012-2014.
 
 Richard L. Rosenthal Hospice Residence Held Public Hearing November 7
  The Department of Social Services held a public hearing Monday, November 7, at 1:30 p.m. at the Richard L. Rosenthal Hospice Residence, Stamford, to hear comment on the skilled nursing facility owner’s application for a ‘certificate of need’ to close. The purpose of this public hearing is to provide residents of Richard L. Rosenthal Hospice Residence, resident family members, staff and concerned parties the opportunity to comment on this Certificate of Need application.
 
 Wethersfield Health Care Center Held Public Hearing November 10
  The Department of Social Services held a public hearing Thursday, November 10, at 10 a.m. at Wethersfield Health Care Center, Wethersfield, to hear comment on the skilled nursing facility owner’s application for a ‘certificate of need’ to close. The purpose of this public hearing is to provide residents of Wethersfield Health Care Center, resident family members, staff and concerned parties the opportunity to comment on this Certificate of Need application.
 
 Clintonville Manor Will Hold a Public Hearing Tuesday, January 3, 2012
  The Department of Social Services will hold a public hearing Tuesday, January 3, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at Clintonville Manor, North Haven, CT to hear comment on the skilled nursing facility owner’s application for a ‘certificate of need’ to close. The purpose of this public hearing is to provide residents of Clintonville Manor Residence, resident family members, staff and concerned parties the opportunity to comment on this Certificate of Need application.
 
 Caseload Reduction Credit Report for Public Review and Comment
  The Connecticut Department of Social Services is seeking public review and comment on the methodology and the case number estimates used in its Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Caseload Reduction Report used in the calculation of the Work Participation Rate for Federal Fiscal Year 2012.
 
 DESPP: First Bitter Cold Temperatures of the Season to Arrive Tonight; Urges Anyone Needing Shelter to Call 2-1-1
  The Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection today encouraged anyone who needs shelter from the first bitter cold temperatures of the season to call 2-1-1. The Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection and the Department of Social Services, at the Governor’s direction, is coordinating with 2-1-1 and Connecticut’s network of shelters to provide the state’s most vulnerable population with access to sheltering.
 
 Gov. Malloy Names Amy Porter Director of New Bureau of Rehabilitative Services
  Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced that he has appointed Dr. Amy Porter of Coventry to serve as Director of the newly merged state Bureau of Rehabilitative Services.

The Bureau is a new agency created last year through the consolidation of several state offices, including the former Department of Social Services (DSS) Bureau of Rehabilitation Services, the State Board of Education & Services for the Blind, the Commission on Deaf & Hearing Impaired, and portions of the Workers’ Compensation Commission and Department of Motor Vehicles.
 
 The Department of Social Services is holding a public hearing on its Section 8 Public Housing Agency annual plan
  The Connecticut Department of Social Services (DSS) is publishing its Section 8 Public Housing Agency annual plan for review by the public. DSS welcomes your participation and comments at a public hearing to be held Thursday, April 12 from 10:00am -12:00 pm at the DSS Central Office, 25 Sigourney Street, Hartford, CT.
 
 
Information for Visitors to the Department of Social Services Central Office
  During the summer of 2014, Department of Social Services’ central administration is moving from 25 Sigourney Street to 55 Farmington Avenue in Hartford. As of July 10, most units have moved to the new building. All units are expected to be in the new building by the end of July.
 
 DSS Offices Closed Closed for Good Friday
  All Department of Social Services offices will be closed Friday, April 6, in observance of Good Friday.
 
 Please click here to view the State of Connecticut’s application to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for funding under its Demonstration to Integrate Care for Medicare-Medicaid Enrollees.
  Please follow the link above to see draft copy of the demonstration, and to get details on how to comment or ask questions about the Demonstration.
 
 Gov. Malloy: State Agencies Moving to Assist Residents Facing Loss of Unemployment Benefits
  Governor Dannel P. Malloy today directed Connecticut Department of Labor (DOL) Commissioner Glenn Marshall and Department of Social Services (DSS) Commissioner Roderick Bremby to begin implementing their plan to bring targeted services to individuals and families who are losing their unemployment benefits as a result of the state’s declining unemployment rate. The plan will coordinate communications to affected residents, improve access to social service programs and increase awareness of workforce development programs.
 
 Department Approves Closure Request for Wethersfield Health Care Center
  June 12, 2012 -- Department of Social Services Commissioner Roderick L. Bremby issued the final decision on the Certificate of Need application to close Wethersfield Health Care Center.
 
 DSS Informational Forum for Legislators: Reinvesting in Service Delivery
  Social Services Commissioner Roderick L. Bremby presented the latest information on the department’s plans to modernize client service delivery at informational forums at the State Capitol on July 12 and 17, 2012. Please follow this link to view the Commissioner’s powerpoint presentation.
 
 
Connecticut Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive Program
  Follow this link for information on Stage 1 Meaningful Use for Eligible Professionals.
 
 Gov. Malloy Announces SNAP Replacement Benefits For Connecticut Residents Impacted By Storm Sandy
  Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced that over 73,000 low-income Connecticut households enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) will receive storm-related food replacement benefits on Saturday.
 
 Caseload Reduction Credit Report for Public Review and Comment
  The Connecticut Department of Social Services is seeking public review and comment on the methodology and the case number estimates used in its Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Caseload Reduction Report to calculate the state’s TANF Work Participation Rate for Federal Fiscal Year 2014.
 
 
Hurricane Sandy Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) Supplemental Funds: Applications sought from municipalities and non-profits; deadline April 4, 2014
  As announced by Governor Dannel P. Malloy, Connecticut was awarded $10,569,192 in Hurricane Sandy Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) Supplemental Funds, based on an allocation involving the number of people registering for Individual Assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
 
 
Notice of Intent to Amend Child Support and Arrearage Guidelines Regulations
  The Commission for Child Support Guidelines, established pursuant to section 46b 215a of the Connecticut General Statutes, hereby gives notice, pursuant to sections 4-168(a) and 46b-215c of the general statutes, that it intends to amend the Child Support and Arrearage Guidelines, §§46b-215a-1 to 46b-215a-5b, inclusive, of the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies.
 
 DSS Extending Health, Food Benefits for 15,500 Low-Income Households
  Social Services Commissioner Roderick L. Bremby today announced that he has ordered the protective extension of medical and food benefits for about 15,000 low-income households at risk of losing eligibility Sept. 1
 
 The Department of Public Health is Developing a Plan to Help Connecticut Residents Become Healthier by 2020
  The Department of Public Health (DPH) is holding public forums in each of Connecticut’s eight counties to help develop a Plan to help Connecticut residents become healthier by 2020. DPH will share key information about our population’s health, and want to hear what issues and problems affect your community’s health, and how your community can become a healthier place to live.
 

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