DSS: About DSS


About DSS


Department Overview

The Department of Social Services (DSS) delivers and funds a wide range of programs and services as Connecticut’s multi-faceted health and human services agency.  DSS serves about 1 million residents of all ages in all 169 Connecticut cities and towns.  We support the basic needs of children, families, older and other adults, including persons with disabilities.  Services are delivered through 12 field offices, central administration, and online and phone access options.  With service partners, DSS:

• provides federal/state food and economic aid, health care coverage, independent living and home care, social work, child support, home-heating aid, protective services for older adults, and more vital service areas.

• supports the health of over 780,000 residents through HUSKY Health (Medicaid & Children’s Health Insurance Program), including medical, dental, behavioral health, prescription medications, long-term services and supports.

• helps over 400,000 residents afford food and supports Connecticut’s economy with federally-funded Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP).

• has 1,700 dedicated staff led by Commissioner Roderick L. Bremby.


Mission and Vision

DSS Mission

Guided by shared belief in human potential, we aim to increase the security and well-being of
Connecticut individuals, families, and communities.

DSS Vision

To become a world-class service organization.

LEAN/Process Improvement
A concept that has become popular in light of the recent budget issues experienced at every level of civil service is the pursuit of Lean Government. This simply means implementing methods to improve processes based upon “what the customer values,” seeking to optimize value delivered to the public.

Employment opportunities

Field Office Locations

Divisions Within the Department



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