DSS: How to Apply

How to Apply

The Department of Social Services provides a broad range of services to the elderly, people with disabilities, families, and individuals who need assistance in maintaining or achieving their full potential for self-direction, self-reliance and independent living.  In order to receive services from the Department of Social Services, you will need to apply.



General Application for food, cash and certain medical coverage:


Households and individuals who wish to apply for SNAP (Food Stamps), Medicaid for the Aged/Blind/Disabled (HUSKY C), Medicaid for Employees with Disabilities (MED-Connect), and/or cash assistance should use this (W-1E) application.


To apply on line, please visit www.connect.ct.gov, under ‘Apply for Benefits.’  


You can also download the ‘W-1E’ application for these programs:

Eligibility Determination Document (W-1E) with Instructions (6,258KB)

Versión en Español  



Connecticut children and their parents or a relative caregiver; and pregnant women may be eligible for HUSKY A (Medicaid), depending on family income. 
Uninsured children under age 19 in higher-income households may be eligible for HUSKY B (also known as the Children’s Health Insurance Program).  Depending on specific income level, family cost-sharing applies.


To apply on line, please visit www.connect.ct.gov, under ‘Apply for Benefits’ or ‘Get Health Insurance.’


To apply by phone for HUSKY A or B, please call the Access Health CT call center at 1-855-805-HEALTH (4325).


Connecticut residents aged 19 up to 65th birthday, who do not qualify for HUSKY A; who do not receive Medicare; and who are not pregnant, may qualify for HUSKY D (also known as Medicaid for the Lowest-Income Populations). 


To apply online for HUSKY D, please visit www.connect.ct.gov, under ‘Apply for Benefits’ or ‘Get Health Insurance.’ 


To apply by phone, please call the Access Health CT call center at 1-855-805-HEALTH (4325).


Long-Term Care Medicaid


** Medicaid Long-Term Care Application Process**


To better serve our applicants, clients and providers, DSS has launched four Long-Term Care Application Centers.  The Centers receive and process new applications from specific cities and towns for nursing home and Medicaid waiver home care applications.


The Long-Term Care Application Centers are located in the DSS Waterbury, Bridgeport, Hartford and New Haven field offices.  Please check this table for which Application Center to use, based on your city or town.


Application packets with as much documentation as possible should be mailed directly to the appropriate Long-Term Care Application Center.  We cannot accept applications by fax because of the size and volume of most LTC applications. 

Please note that these centers are processing new applications only.  Long-term care redeterminations and interim changes, as well as boarding home and residential care home applications and redeterminations, will continue to be processed through the statewide ConneCT model.  This means that all paperwork for redeterminations and interim changes, as well as boarding home applications and redeterminations, should be sent to the DSS ConneCT Scanning Center at P.O. Box 1320, Manchester CT 06045 (not to the new Long-Term Care Application Centers).


The Long-Term Care Application Centers also support admissions and discharges affecting area nursing homes in the ASCEND system.

For questions specific to a pending case, clients may call the assigned caseworker directly.  Applicants will be provided a worker’s contact information once the case is assigned.  For all other general calls or questions, the DSS Benefits Center staff will be happy to serve you at 1-855-6-CONNECT (1-855-626-6632).

Long-Term Medical Care / Home Care Application (W-1LTC)  (218KB)

Solicitud de Cuidado Médico a Largo Plazo / Cuidado en el Hogar (W-1LTCS) (240KB)


To apply online, please visit www.connect.ct.gov, under ‘Apply for Benefits.’

For all other applications, please visit our Application and Forms page.



Verification for Programs

We may ask you to give us proof of some of the information that you tell us. Visit this link for a full guide to verifications required for DSS programs. This list gives you examples of some of the types of proof that you can use when applying for programs. If we ask you for proof and you do not have one of the items in this list, please call the DSS Client Information Line and Benefits Center at 1-855-6-CONNECT. A Benefits Center representative will be able to tell you about other types of proof that we can use. Guide to Verification for Programs (Versión en Español)

Content Last Modified on 1/10/2014 2:40:56 PM