DSS: Programs A-Z

Programs A-Z

This 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 dementias. This program is a joint partnership between the Alzheimer’s Association Connecticut Chapter, the Area Agencies on Aging, and the State of Connecticut Department of Social Services, Aging Services Division.
Effective January 1, 2015, the Department of Social Services expanded its coverage of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) evaluation and treatment services for Medicaid enrolled members (HUSKY A, C, or D) under the age of 21 for whom ASD services are medically necessary.
The 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. The agency assists them in acquiring the skills and support services necessary to be independent. As of July 1, 2011, the Board of Education and Services for the Blind is involved in an agency consolidation with the newly-created Department of Rehabilitation Services. (Please note this is an external website not maintained by the Department of Social Services)
Care4Kids helps low to moderate income families in Connecticut pay for child care costs. This program is sponsored by the Connecticut office of Early Childhood.
In 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.
The goal of the Child Support Enforcement Program is to improve the self-sufficiency of families through increased financial and medical support and to establish paternity for children born out of wedlock. This program locates absent parents, establishes paternity, establishes and modifies orders of support, and collects and distributes child support payments. Child support services are available to both custodial and non-custodial parents, regardless of their income.
The CT Department of Social Services and its State Unit on Aging in partnership with the Agency on Aging or South Central CT and community providers will operate “Choices at Home” with the goal of helping consumers who are at high risk of nursing home placement but not yet eligible for Medicaid to remain in their own homes.
See 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)
This program pays for drugs determined by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to prolong the life of people with AIDS, or HIV infection. To be eligible for the program in Connecticut, an individual must have a physician certification that the individual has HIV infection, HIV disease or AIDS, must not be a recipient of Medicaid, and must have net countable income within 400% of the Federal Poverty Level. In addition, the individual must apply for Medicaid within two weeks of approval for this program.
CTBHP 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. Expanded in 2011 to include DMHAS, the contract is designed to create an integrated behavioral health service system for our members; Connecticut’s Medicaid populations, including children and families who are enrolled in HUSKY A, & B, DCF Limited Benefit, Medicaid for Low Income Adults (LIA) and Medicaid Fee for Service programs. (Please note this is an external website not maintained by the Department of Social Services)
The Connecticut Home Care Program is a state and federally funded program that provides an array of home care services.  The program helps eligible Connecticut residents remain at home instead of prematurely going to a nursing facility.  Depending on the eligible person's health and living circumstances, the services offered may include home health services, homemaker services, visiting nurse services, adult day center services, adult foster care services, chore services, care management, home delivered meals, companion services, emergency response system and more.
The Connect to Work Center provides individualized benefits planning and counseling for people on public benefits. Our job is to help you understand how work will affect your benefits. The Center’s Community Work Incentive Coordinators (CWICs), formally called Benefits Specialists, can provide information, problem-solving and follow-up services. (Please note this is an external website not maintained by the Department of Social Services)
Continuing Care Facility
The Office of Reimbursement and Certificate of Need (CON) is responsible for determining whether a Continuing Care Facility (CCF) has complied with provisions set forth in statute regarding the registration, disclosure and escrow requirements related to the facility and long-term continuing-care contracts. Reimbursement and CON may conduct an investigation to determine whether a CCF has violated any statutorily required provisions governing the management of the continuing care retirement community.
Deaf 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) 
The 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)

On behalf of eligible households, the winter heating assistance pays for such heating sources as oil, natural gas, electricity, propane, kerosene, coal and wood. Homeowners and renters may apply.
The Families in Training Program provides parent education and community support services to expectant parents and parents of children under age three. Such services include providing information and advice to parents on their child’s language, cognitive, social and motor development, visiting a participant’s home on a regular basis, organizing group meetings for neighborhood parents of young children and providing referrals for parents who need special assistance or services.
A listing of food pantries and emergency food assistance locations in your area can also be obtained by calling Infoline from any area in the state – just dial 211 or visit: the Infoline website at http://www.infoline.org/  (Please note this is an external website not maintained by the Department of Social Services)
The 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.
Under this program, grants are made to hospitals, clinics, departments of health and other organizations to expand and enhance health services to low income pregnant women and children, and to assist women in obtaining Medicaid coverage for themselves and their children. Healthy Start contracts are jointly administered by the Department of Social Services and the Department of Public Health and Addiction Services.
The 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.
Through the program, the Department funds community based programs run by local municipalities with the purpose of eliminating poverty through developing employment opportunities, and improving human performance, motivation, productivity, physical and mental health, and well-being, or by bettering the conditions under which people live, learn and work.

HUSKY Healthcare for UninSured Kids and Youth

The HUSKY Health Plan is Connecticut’s health coverage program for eligible children, parents, relative caregivers, elders, individuals with disabilities, low-income adults, and pregnant women. Children up to age 19 may qualify regardless of family income level. It is available to residents of Connecticut who are U.S. citi­zens or qualified non-citizens.

HUSKY C – also Known as Medicaid for the Aged, Blind and Disabled

The Medicaid under the Aged, Blind and Disabled program is available to Connecticut residents who are aged 65 or older, blind or have a disability. There are also financial requirements to qualify for Medicaid under this program.

HUSKY D – also Known as Medicaid for Low-Income Adults

Connecticut is the first state to receive federal approval to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (national health care reform legislation). This new Medicaid coverage is replacing the State-Administered General Assistance (SAGA) medical program. Medicaid for Low-Income Adults (MLIA) is open to Connecticut residents aged 19 through 64, who do not receive federal Supplemental Security Income or Medicare and who are not pregnant.


HUSKY (Medicaid) Coverage for Breast and Cervical Cancer

Medicaid 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.

Jobs 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. DOL uses the balanced work first approach to create individualized employment plans with immediate goals taking into account barriers and other factors. For more information visit the DOL web site - http://www.ctdol.state.ct.us/. (Please note this is an external website not maintained by the Department of Social Services)
This office works to improve the quality of life and quality of care of Connecticut residents living in long term care facilities.  Ombudsman activity is performed on behalf of, and at the direction of residents. The Ombudsman Program responds to, and investigates complaints brought forward by residents, family members, and/or other individuals acting on their behalf and all communication is held in strict confidence. (Please note this is an external website not maintained by the Department of Social Services)
Medicaid for Employees with Disabilities, now known as MED-Connect, provides medical assistance to employed individuals with disabilities.  Total income from work and other benefits must be below $75,000 per year.  Some individuals may pay a monthly premium for this coverage.  In general an eligible person with a disability, who is employed or becomes employed, can qualify for MED-Connect without the use of spenddown while earning more income than is allowed under other Medicaid coverage groups.
Medicaid Hospital Reimbursement
The Office of Reimbursement and Certificate of Need (CON) is responsible for establishing Medicaid reimbursement methodologies for inpatient services, outpatient hospital services, Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) payments and hospital supplemental payments. Reimbursement and CON is responsible for Medicaid State Plan Amendments that are necessary to obtain Federal matching funds.
Medicaid Nursing Home Reimbursement
The Office of Reimbursement and Certificate of Need (CON) is responsible for establishing Medicaid reimbursement methodologies for Medicaid nursing homes. Reimbursement and CON is responsible for Medicaid State Plan Amendments that are necessary to obtain Federal matching funds for nursing home services provided through Connecticut’s Medicaid program.

Medicaid School Based Child Health (SBCH) Program
The Medicaid School Based Child Health (SBCH) Program is the mechanism by which a school district may seek federal Medicaid reimbursement for many of the Medicaid covered services that are provided to an eligible student pursuant to the student’s IEP. Federal reimbursement may also be pursued by the school district for administrative activities which support the provided Medicaid health services.  The Connecticut Department of Social Services (DSS) is the state agency responsible for administering the SBCH Program.
Medicare Savings Program
There are three Medicare Savings Programs (MSP) that help you pay for your Medicare Part B premiums. They are the Qualified Medicare Beneficiary program (QMB), the Special Low Income Medicare Beneficiary program (SLMB) and the Additional Low Income Medicare Beneficiary program (ALMB). A household’s income determines which category they qualify for. All three programs pay Medicare Part B premiums. QMB also pays Medicare co-pays and deductibles on Medicare-covered services. It does not cost anything to apply for or receive benefits from this program.
Money 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. 
The National Family Caregiver Support Program, created by the Administration on Aging, and established via the reauthorization of the Older Americans Act by the 106th Congress, helps families sustain their efforts to care for older relatives.  Under this caregiver program, Connecticut’s State Unit on Aging, the Aging Services Division, works in partnership with the five Area Agencies on Aging.

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.

Nutrition Assistance programs provide food and cash equivalents to various populations DSS serves. Their goal is to promote adequate nutrition among the target populations.
Prevention, intervention and treatment services to individuals and families. Families receive counseling, education, case management, home management to help reduce conditions of impoverishment or dependency.
Refugee Assistance Program
The 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.  DSS disburses federal refugee assistance program funds, administers refugee cash and medical assistance programs and monitors resettlement activity for individuals who qualify as refugees under international law.  A refugee can request to become a legal permanent resident after one-year residence in the U.S. and can apply for U.S. citizenship five years after their date of entry to the U.S. 
Reverse Annuity Mortgage (RAM) programs are loans which allow homeowners, who need extra money, to tap the equity in their homes.  Unlike regular home-equity loans, there is no need for the borrower to make monthly payments to the lender.  Repayment may either be made on a pre-determined date or the date when the homeowner ceases to occupy the home.
This program provides shelter services, including support staff, emergency food and living expenses and social services for victims of household abuse. It is also intended to reduce the incidence of household abuse through preventive education programs. The Department contracts with non-profit organizations to provide these services in their localities.
Senior Community Service Employment Program funded under Title V of the Older Americans Act through the U.S. Department of Labor enables us to provide job skills training to low-income Individuals, age 55 and older in Connecticut.  Ready to Work participants are placed in temporary training assignments where they gain valuable on-the-job work experience and training needed to gain meaningful employment.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as Food Stamps, helps low-income individuals and families afford the cost of food at grocery stores and farmers’ markets. You can apply for these benefits by completing a state application form. This form can be mailed, faxed, or dropped off at a local DSS Regional Office. Once the form is complete, you will be assigned an eligibility worker who will interview you to complete the application process.
State Administered General Assistance (SAGA)   
Through the SAGA program, the Department provides cash assistance to individuals who are unable to work for medical or other prescribed reasons, and to families that do not meet the blood-relationship requirements of the Temporary Family Assistance (TFA) program.

General application for SAGA services is made at a local office of the Department of Social Services. For referral to the closest DSS office to you, visit the Regional Offices section of this website, call Infoline at 2-1-1, or look in the blue government pages of your phone book.

The State Supplement program gives money to help people with disabilities and the elderly meet basic living costs. 
TFA is a cash assistance program for basic and special needs which are paid to recipients of Jobs First. 
The John S. Martinez Fatherhood Initiative of Connecticut

The John S. Martinez Fatherhood Initiative of Connecticut is a broad-based, multi-agency, statewide program led by the Department of Social Services that is focused on changing the systems that can improve fathers’ ability to be fully and positively involved in the lives of their children.

Traumatic Brain Injury Implementation Project 
More than 5.3 million Americans live with a disability as a result of a traumatic brain injury (TBI).  Many of these individuals and their families are confronted with inadequate or unavailable services and supports that specifically address the health, behavioral, psychological, and cognitive issues created by traumatic brain injury (TBI).  With the passage of the Traumatic Brain Injury Act of 1996 (PL 104-166), the Health Resources and Services Administration was mandated to award grants to States to plan and implement needed health and related service changes for individuals with traumatic brain injuries and their families. 
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)
The 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)

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