DSS: Contact Us

Contact Us

Applicants and clients have the option of contacting the Department of Social Services online,

by phone, or in person.


ü  For fastest service, we recommend online applications (complete application information is available at How to Apply); and online change reporting (Reporting Changes). 

ü We encourage DSS clients who have online access to open a client benefits account (MyAccount) at www.connect.ct.gov.  This will give you 24/7 access to your information.

ü For a quick and handy eligibility pre-screening tool for DSS services, please visit www.connect.ct.gov.

By phone:

Phone access is available through the DSS Client Information Line and Benefits Center.

1. Call 1-855-6-CONNECT (1-855-626-6632)

(TTD/TTY 1-800-842-4524 for persons with speech or hearing difficulties)


2. Follow the prompts to get the information you need

Our automated ‘interactive voice-response’ telephone system helps DSS clients get the information you need without waiting to speak to an eligibility worker.  This Client Information Line service is available 24/7.  Opening a phone benefits account will support your 24/7 access.

You can also connect directly to a worker in our Benefits Center by following the phone menu prompts, Monday through Friday, between 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.  The Benefits Center is staffed with workers dedicated to answering your questions, processing change requests and providing you with information about other resources.

In Person:


DSS field offices are also available for service assistance.  Office hours are Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.  Please see below for more information.


Department of Social Services Field Offices
 Bridgeport  Danbury  Greater Hartford
 Manchester  Middletown  New Britain
 New Haven  Norwich   Stamford
 Torrington  Waterbury  Willimantic



For general information & referral: 1-800-842-1508 (recorded information) 
Toll-free TDD/TTY line: 1-800-842-4524


Information for News Media


Information about Freedom of Information Act requests




Online resources:


How to Apply




Reporting Changes


If You Have a Disability


Request a Hearing


Affirmative Action


Agency Email Directory


Toll-free Numbers

Content Last Modified on 6/24/2016 12:19:56 PM