Connecticut Resources

To find out about key benefits and services in Connecticut and how to apply, select from the topics below.

Key State Contacts

The Department of Social Services (DSS) is responsible for disbursing federal funds related to the resettlement of refugees in Connecticut.

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The Connecticut Department of Public Health’s (DPH) Refugee and Immigrant Health Program (RIHP) is the public health component of Connecticut’s Refugee Assistance Program. The RIHP works with refugee resettlement agencies and other sponsors, local health departments, and health care providers to offer appropriate health assessments, follow-up or referral, and community-based health education to newly arriving entrants to Connecticut.

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Cash & Food Assistance

Cash assistance available to residents who enter the U.S. under humanitarian protection with low incomes

Federal nutrition program

Cash assistance designed to help low-income families achieve self-sufficiency

A program provides monthly payments to adults and children with a disability or blindness who have income and resources below specific financial limits. SSI payments are also made to people age 65 and older without disabilities who meet the financial qualifications.

A program offering supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition information to low-income women who are pregnant or have children aged birth to five.

A federal program supporting participants to attain self-sufficiency within 240 days (8 months) of arrival in the United States through financial, case management, and employment supports

Refugee & Newcomer Health

The Connecticut Department of Public Health’s (DPH) Refugee and Immigrant Health Program (RIHP) is the public health component of Connecticut’s Refugee Assistance Program. The RIHP works with refugee resettlement agencies and other sponsors, local health departments, and health care providers to offer appropriate health assessments, follow-up or referral, and community-based health education to newly arriving entrants to Connecticut.

The RIHP assists refugees and asylees, persons with special immigrant visas, lawful permanent residents, and certain other entrants to Connecticut. The RIHP does not receive health information about tourists, students, or persons with work visas.

Accessing Health Care

An overview of how to apply for DSS programs and Services including Husky health programs (Medicaid).

DSS regional offices administer the Refugee Cash Assistance (RCA) and Refugee Medical Assistance (RMA) programs for refugees for up to twelve months from their date of entry to the U.S. DSS also provides refugees with temporary family assistance/cash assistance, medical coverage and food stamp assistance under those public assistance programs since refugees qualify as legal non-citizens.

Access Health CT is Connecticut’s official health insurance marketplace. Shop, compare, and enroll in health and dental plans.

HUSKY B is Connecticut’s Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP, also known as Title XXI). HUSKY B provides a free or low-cost health insurance program for children and youth up to age 19 for families who are not income eligible for HUSKY A. There may be premium or copay requirements. (Please refer to www.ct.gov/husky for additional information.) HUSKY B offers medical, dental and behavioral health services.

Persons with Disabilities

Services related to the independence and well-being of people with disabilities and older adults in Connecticut.

Provides a full assessment, a range of equipment and training to eligible individuals who have a combination of Deafness & Blindness (low vision and hearing loss).

Bureau of Education and Services for the Blind

Phone: 860-602-4000

Connecticut Deaf and Hard of Hearing Resource Guide

Seniors

Medicare is health insurance for people 65 or older. You’re first eligible to sign up for Medicare 3 months before you turn 65.

Call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227)

Services related to the independence and well-being of people with disabilities and older adults in Connecticut.

Phone: 860-424-5055

TTY: 860-247-0775

The Social Security program in the United States provides protection against the loss of earnings due to retirement, death, or disability.

Connecticut’s State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) agencies educate, and assist Medicare-eligible individuals, their families, and caregivers through objective outreach, counseling, and training to make informed health insurance decisions that optimize access to care and benefits. CHOICES is a partnership between the state’s 5 Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) and the Center for Medicare Advocacy, Inc. It is administered by the Department of Aging and Disability Services.

Phone: 1-800-994-9422

Children's Health

Early intervention services for infants and toddlers at risk for developmental delays

Phone: 1-800-505-7000

Community-based mental health services

Programs and Information for children with special needs

Phone: 1-800-505-7000

Mental Health

Services related to mental health and addiction

Services for individuals with intellectual disabilities

North Region

Help Line: 1-877-437-4577

Send an email

South Region

Help Line: 1-877-437-4567

Send an email

West Region

Help Line: 1-877-491-2720

Send an email

Dental Health

An overview of how to apply for DSS programs and Services including Husky health programs (Medicaid) that provide dental assistance.

An overview of how to apply for DSS programs and Services including Husky health programs (Medicaid) that provide dental assistance.

Vision Health

An overview of how to apply for DSS programs and Services including Husky health programs (Medicaid) that provide vision assistance.

Please note that there are no specialized housing supports or access specifically for new arrivals.

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Housing programs

Connecticut Public Housing Agency websites

Assistance with Housing Costs

Call 211 (24/7) from a Connecticut based cellphone or landline to speak to a Community Resource Specialist

The Connecticut Energy Assistance Program (CEAP) helps Connecticut residents afford to heat their homes.

Helping residents maintain houisng stability

Call 211 (24/7) from a Connecticut based cellphone or landline to speak to a Community Resource Specialist

The Rental Assistance Program (RAP) is the major state-supported program for assisting very low-income families to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market.

Housing Advocacy

Advice for homeowners and homebuyers and self-help resources

Housing Counseling

Advice for homeowners and homebuyers and self-help resources

Provides a variety of educational tools and counseling program services to all Connecticut residents.

HUD sponsors housing counseling agencies throughout the country to provide free or low-cost advice.

Phone: 800-569-4287

Renter Rights

Advice for homeowners and homebuyers and self-help resources

Homelessness Prevention & Assistance

The Eviction Prevention Fund provides eligible households who have a summary process eviction action pending against them with up to 15 months or $18,500 in a one-time rental assistance payment to cover their rental arrears.

Community providers across the state work with households experiencing homelessness. These networks form a statewide system for accessible, standardized, assessment and referral processes to community resources within 8 geographic regions for people experiencing a housing crisis or homelessness.

Employment services through the resettlement network

American Job Centers – assistance with job search

Phone: (203) 941-6868

TTY: 711 or (800) 842-9710

Other employment services

Various employment related resources across Connecticut

The Matching Grant program helps refugees and other ORR-eligible populations overcome barriers and quickly find jobs. The intent is for refugees to become economically self-sufficient through employment within 240 days and without accessing cash assistance programs.

Documentation

Information and resources about obtaining a driver’s license or state ID

Provide Social Security Numbers and administer retirement, disability, survivor, and family benefits, and enroll individuals in Medicare.

Language

An overview of State provisions related to English language learners (ELLs) or limited English proficient (LEP) students.

English as a Second Language and G.E.D. preparation classes for adult learners

English for speakers of other languages (ESOL)

Phone: 475-220-8200

Childcare

Care4Kids helps low- to moderate-income families in Connecticut pay for childcare costs. This program is sponsored by the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood.

Early Childhood Education

The Connecticut Office of Early Childhood (OEC) oversees a network of early childhood care, education, and development programs focusing on the first years of children’s lives, from birth to age five. OEC assists with finding and paying for childcare.

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The School Readiness Preschool Program provides early care and education services in high-need communities that help young children prepare for kindergarten.

2-1-1 Childcare helps families find childcare to best meet their needs and maintains current listings of licensed and license-exempt childcare programs in Connecticut.

Call 211 (24/7) from a Connecticut-based cellphone or landline to speak to a Community Resource Specialist.

K-12 Education

Adult Education

Adult education programs and providers

Welcome Corps

Report cases of fraud (for example, individuals asking for money in exchange for becoming a private sponsor or to assist in submitting an application)

Public Safety

A resource to help older adults in Connecticut seek information, assistance, and justice.

Hotline: 1-860-808-5555

  • Emergency Assistance

For emergencies, dial 9-1-1.

An emergency is when immediate police, fire or medical assistance is needed to protect life or property.

9-1-1 education

Contact Connecticut State Police

Violence, Human Trafficking, and Exploitation

The Human Anti-Trafficking Response Team (HART) was created in order to focus on and reduce Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking (DMST). The State of Connecticut Legislature has created legislation to promote public awareness and prevention of child sex trafficking, to provide for ongoing monitoring of efforts to combat trafficking, to clarify mandatory reporting, and to provide a statewide oversight and monitoring body.

If you are not safe, call or text 9-1-1.

If you need assistance, call the National Trafficking Hotline: 1-888-373-7888 (or text 233733)

If you are aware of a child who is being victimized, call the Careline: 1-800-842-2288

Adult & Child Abuse

Report child abuse and neglect

Phone: 1-800-842-2288

TDD: 1-800-624-5518

Protective services for the elderly

Call 211

Statewide office of Protective Services for the Elderly investigates reports of known or suspected physical or mental abuse, exploitation, or neglect of adults ages 60+ who are living in the community and long-term care facilities.

Call 888-385-4225 or 211

Mental Health

Bring Me Back Home (BMBH) is a new registry for Connecticut residents which allows law enforcement access to information to assist in the recovery of missing or wandering persons. The provided information and photo, accessible through the COLLECT criminal justice and safety system, helps first responders and families reunite with individuals living with cognitive challenges, such as Dementia or Autism. This information is confidential and secure and can only be accessed by law enforcement personnel in an emergency.

For emergencies, call 911.

For questions regarding dementia and wandering, call 1-800-272-3900.

Services related to mental health and addiction

Services for individuals with intellectual disabilities

North Region

Help Line: 1-877-437-4577

Send an email

South Region

Help Line: 1-877-437-4567

Send an email

West Region

Help Line: 1-877-491-2720

Send an email

Suicide prevention assistance

Call or text 988