DSS: Programs and Services

Programs and Services


Services Which Protect and Promote 
Physical, Social and Economic Well-being:

 

The Department of Social Services, along with other Connecticut agencies and organizations, provides a wide range of programs that may benefit your family. Publications about programs the Department of Social Services provides can be found by following this link

 

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program was signed into law on August 22, 1996. This federal legislation provides block grants to states to fund programs that provide services and benefits to needy families. TANF was designed to give states flexibility to operate programs that serve one of the following purposes.

  • Provides assistance to needy families so that children may be cared for in their own homes or in the homes of relatives

  • Ends the dependence of needy parents on government benefits by promoting job preparation, work and marriage

  • Prevents and reduces the incidence of out-of-wedlock pregnancies and establishes annual numerical goals for preventing and reducing the incidence of these pregnancies

  • Encourages the formation and maintenance of two parent families

In Connecticut, TANF funds the Temporary Family Assistance program, Safety Net, Employment Services and many other programs and services for needy families. For a description of all of the programs and services funded by TANF, please go to our TANF State Plan.

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

 

Out-of-State TANF Information Contacts 

This link provides a listing of all states and where in each state to contact when requesting information about receipt of out of state TANF Assistance for applicants. Some states prefer that local offices be contacted. We suggest use of the APHSA Directory to obtain local numbers and others have listed central office contacts. This listing was created by the Connecticut State Department of Social Services. In order to maintain an accurate list, please contact Peter Palermino at Peter.Palermino@ct.gov at the Connecticut State Department of Social Services, Family Support Division for any changes/updates your state may have.

Out of State TANF Information Contacts 

 

Preventive Services to Families

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.

Preventive Services to Families

 

Services to the Elderly

Services necessary to assure the health, safety and welfare of elderly people, as well as services to assist elderly or aging persons to enjoy wholesome and meaningful living and to continue to contribute to the strength and welfare of the state. Services include social services, information and referral, health insurance (CHOICES), prescription drug assistance (ConnPACE), home health care (CHCPE), protective services, and conservator of person or estate. The agency also oversees continuing care retirement communities (CCRCS).

Services to the Elderly

 

Rehabilitation Services

Through the Vocational Rehabilitation Program, the agency provides services to people with most significant physical or mental disabilities to assist them in their effort to enter or maintain employment. The agency also oversees a statewide network of community-based, consumer-controlled, independent living centers that promote independence for persons with disabilities. The agency determines medical eligibility for Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income benefits for individuals who are unable to maintain employment due to the severity of their disability.

Rehabilitation Services

 

Connecticut Homecare Program for Elders (CHCPE)

The Connecticut Homecare Program is a state and federally funded program that provides an array of home care services.  The program helps eligible Connecticut residents age 65 and older continue living 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:

  • adult day center

  • adult foster care

  • assisted living services in approved managed residential communities (MRC)

  • care management

  • chore

  • companion

  • home delivered meals

  • emergency response system

  • home health

  • homemaker

  • minor home modification (based upon availability of funds)

  • visiting nurse

For eligibility criteria and other program information, please visit our website by clicking on the link below.

Connecticut Homecare Program for Elders (CHCPE) 

 

Link to Department of Labor, Welfare-To-Work

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.

Link to Department of Labor, welfare-to-work

 

 
In 2006, Connecticut was awarded a three year Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) State Implementation Grant.  The purpose of this grant is to improve access to services for individuals with TBI and their families as outlined in the Connecticut State Action Plan. 
 
 
Economic Support for Essential Needs:
 

Under Medicaid, HUSKY and State-Administered General Assistance (SAGA), the agency pays for medical care for low-income individuals and families. ConnPACE helps low-income elderly and people with disabilities meet the cost of prescription drugs. The agency also provides medical assistance to refugees, sets rates for nursing homes and is the Certificate of Need agency for nursing facilities and home health agencies.

Health Care

 

The HUSKY Health Plan

The HUSKY Plan is Connecticut’s free or low-cost health insurance program for children and youth up to age 19.  Designed to provide health coverage to all uninsured children, HUSKY is open to children in working families of every income level.  Children receive a comprehensive health care benefits package, including preventive care, physician visits, prescriptions, vision care, dental care, physicals, mental health and substance abuse services, durable medical equipment, emergency and hospital care.

The HUSKY Health Plan

 

Financial Assistance

Temporary Family Assistance (TFA), the State Supplement program, and the State-Administered General Assistance (SAGA) program provide financial assistance to low-income individuals and families. The agency also provides financial assistance to refugees and sets rates for boarding homes.

Financial Assistance

 

Nutritional Assistance

The Nutritional Assistance Program (TEFAP) provides available USDA commodities to food banks, food pantries and emergency shelters and soup kitchens. These commodities are made available to low-income eligible recipients. The state Supplemental Nutrition Assistance program (SNAP) purchases high protein commodities, which are made available to food pantries, emergency shelters and soup kitchens.

Nutritional Assistance

 

Energy Assistance and Weatherization Assistance
Assistance is provided to low income individuals and families in meeting their heating costs. The assistance may be in the form of direct payment of heating bills, or cash payments to those who have heat included in their rent, and includes weatherization assistance as a conservation measure.

Energy Assistance and Weatherization Assistance

 

Child Care

The agency provides financial assistance to Connecticut families in meeting their child care needs. It also provides grants and loans to encourage or assist the use of schools for child care, and for state agencies, corporations or municipalities to provide child care facilities for their employees.

Child Care

 

Child Support Enforcement

The Child Support Enforcement program locates absent parents, establishes paternity, obtains child support orders, obtains medical support orders and collects child support payments on behalf of families. Child support services are available to both custodial and non-custodial parents.

Child Support Enforcement

 

SNAP

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps people to buy and eat nutritious food. The modern program was set up in 1971, and underwent a name change from Food Stamps to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in October of 2008. The federal government pays most of the costs of the SNAP program. Each state operates a SNAP program following rules from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

SNAP 

 

Housing

Housing related services include the Rental Assistance Program which provides subsidies for rent payment, and the Section 8 Certificate and Voucher program. The agency also provides grants to shelters for the homeless and victims of domestic violence and has a number of programs that are designed to prevent eviction, and to assist those without homes to find and enter permanent homes.

Housing

 

 

Education, Training and Employment Services:


 

Employment and Training

The agency provides education and training services to its adult, elderly, family, and disabled clients to improve their ability to obtain employment and become self-sufficient.

Employment and Training

 

 


The Department of Social Services' programs are available to all applicants and recipients without regard to race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, age, disabilities, learning disabilities, national origin, ancestry or language barriers.

The Department has TDD/TTY line for persons who are deaf or hearing impaired and have a TDD/TTY: 1-800-842-4524. Auxiliary aids are also available for blind or visually impaired persons.

The Department of Social Services is an equal opportunity,
 affirmative action employer.



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