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.
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 State of Connecticut's Department of Social Services.
The goal of the Charter Oak Health Plan is to provide affordable health care coverage to Connecticut adults, aged 19 to 64, of all incomes. It’s the first time every uninsured adult in Connecticut can get quality, affordable health insurance.
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.
The Commission on the Deaf and Hearing Impaired 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
, the Commission on the Deaf and Hearing Impaired 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)
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, Charter Oak Health Plan, 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.
Connecticut’s Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan is a health coverage program open to uninsured residents who have a pre-existing medical condition, with monthly premiums subsidized by the federal government.
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)
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.
DSS provides comprehensive housing-related services thru direct grants to municipalities and community based agencies.
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.
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/
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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.
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 Programs
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 builds on current programs by offering enhanced community services and support to people who have resided in nursing facilities for at least six months. Enhancements include access to the Department of Social Services’ new emergency back-up support system. The program will serve individuals with physical disabilities, mental illness and developmental disabilities. Options for residence in the community will include the person’s own home, a family home, an apartment or congregate housing such as assisted living facilities.
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.
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.
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.
SAGA gives money to help adults without children who are unable to work for medical reasons. The program also helps families who are not eligible for other department programs.
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.
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)