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John F. O'Neill
Commissioner
Address:
3085 Veterans Memorial Hwy
Ronkonkoma, NY 11779

Click here to find the Center serving you:  

Service Center Hours: Monday through Friday 8:00AM-3:00PM, excluding county holiday closures. Language Services available at all sitesAccess to Services in Your Language: Complaint Form

Phone: (631) 854-9930

Emergencies (After 4:30 PM & Weekends): (631) 854-9100 

If you asked for an accommodation and did not receive it, you may file an ADA grievance (appeal) by calling or writing to:
ADA Compliance Officer
Suffolk County DSS - Commissioner’s Office,

3085 Veterans Memorial Highway
Ronkonkoma, N.Y. 11779
Tel. # (631) 854-9983
Fax:   (631) 854-9996

For other questions about special accommodations for people with disabilities,
please call the Suffolk County Office for People with Disabilities at (631) 853-8333.

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Department of Social Services - Silhouettes of people in a line holding hands with the sun rising behind them

The mission of the Department of Social Services is to provide financial assistance and support services to eligible Suffolk County residents in a cost effective and efficient manner, simultaneously protecting the vulnerable while encouraging their independence and self-sufficiency.

General information and telephone numbers can be found in the Directory for Public Access to Social Services Programs. Para el directorio en español, haga clic aquí

To apply for services, call or visit the local center serving your area.

 

In addition, the New York State website My Benefits is a quick and easy way to find answers to questions about New York State's programs and services.

 

                                                  Check eligibility and apply for benefits at myBenefits.ny.gov

Emergency Information

In the event of specific emergencies, please call:
  • Child Abuse Hotline 1 (800) 342-3720
  • Abandoned Infant Information 1 (866) TLC-BABY or 1 (866) 852-2229
  • Adult Protective Intake (631) 854-3195, (631) 854-3196, (631) 854-3197
  • Emergency Services (After 4:30 PM & Weekends) (631) 854-9100

Or, you can always call 911 in any emergency.

 

Latest Updates

           


ELIGIBILITY STANDARDS FOR CHILD CARE

There will be an increase to the local income eligibility standard for Child Care services (from 150% to 165%), effective 7/1/14.
View Eligibility Standards

 


REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS (RFQ No. DSS14/001) - TO PROVIDE TRANSITIONAL RECOVERY HOME SERVICES TO ADULT INDIVIDUALS FOR THE SUFFOLK COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES

Technical Questions Due: June 12, 2014
Responses must be received no later than July 31, 2014
Click here for more information.

 


           

 

SUFFOLK COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, LICENSING AND CONSUMER AFFAIRS SUMMER YOUTH WORK EXPERIENCE PROGRAM 2014

Summer program designed to provide first-time work experience opportunities to economically disadvantaged youth. Click here for more information

 


CHANGES TO THE MEDICAID AND HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAMS

 UNDER THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT (NEW YORK STATE OF HEALTH)

Significant changes are coming to the way Individuals and families apply for and receive health insurance in New York State.  A number of key provisions of the Affordable Care Act go into effect in late 2013 and early 2014.

 

 

 

Beginning on October 1, 2013

·         Individuals and families can shop for, compare and buy health insurance coverage through the New York State of Health program.  Coverage will not become effective until January 1, 2014. You can go online at www.nystateofhealth.ny.gov or call 1-855-355-5777 for additional information.

·         If you wish to apply for Medicaid before January 2014 you can still submit your application to the Suffolk County Department of Social Services. Click here for more information.

After January 1, 2014

·         Most families and individuals must apply for health insurance (including Medicaid) through the New York State of Health program, either online, by telephone, or in-person through a Navigator or Certified Application Counselor. You can go online at www.nystateofhealth.ny.gov or call 1-855-355-5777 for additional information. 

 

Clients applying for Medicaid who are disabled, aged or blind must still complete an application and send it to the Suffolk County Department of Social Services. Click here for more information.

Para el español haga clic aquí.

 

Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF)

The purpose of the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program is to provide supportive services grants to private non-profit organizations and consumer cooperatives who will coordinate or provide supportive services to very low-income Veteran families who are residing in permanent housing, are homeless and scheduled to become residents of permanent housing within a specified time period, or after exiting permanent housing, are seeking other housing that is responsive to such very low-income veteran family's needs and preferences. Click here for more information. 

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Non Temporary Assistance Child Care Notice Effective July 10, 2013, the eligibility guideline for Non Temporary Assistance (NTA) families will be increased from 125% to 150% of the State Income Standard; therefore, to the extent New York State Child Care Block Grant funds are available, the following measures will be implemented: Click for more information or para el documento en Espanol, haga clic aqui.

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NOTICE

NEW STATE LAW INCREASING THE CRIMINAL PENALTY FOR ASSAULTING ANY SOCIAL SERVICES EMPLOYEE

THIS NEW LAW INCREASES THE PENALTIES FOR ASSAULTS OF WORKERS WHO ARE DIRECTLY INVOLVED IN AN INTERVIEW, INVESTIGATION, OR IN PROVIDING PUBLIC ASSISTANCE. THE LAW WOULD APPLY TO ANYONE COMMITTING A CRIME TO PREVENT A SOCIAL SERVICES EMPLOYEE FROM COMPLETING HIS OR HER JOB DUTIES, INCLUDING INSTANCES WHERE AN INJURY IS CAUSED BY A PERSON RELEASING OR FAILING TO CONTROL AN ANIMAL.

THE CURRENT PENALTY HAS BEEN RAISED FROM ASSAULT IN THE THIRD DEGREE, A CLASS A MISDEMEANOR,WHICH IS PUNISHABLE BY UP TO BUT NO MORE THAN 1 YEAR IN JAIL, TO ASSAULT IN THE SECOND DEGREE, WHICH IS A CLASS D FELONY, IF THE ASSAULT CAUSES PHYSICAL INJURY. THE CLASS D FELONY CARRIES A $500. - $5,000. FINE, AND FROM 2 TO 7 YEARS JAIL TIME.

SOCIAL SERVICES WORKERS PROVIDE A VALUABLE SERVICE TO OUR COMMUNITY AND REQUIRE AND DESERVE THE LEVEL OF PROTECTION PROVIDED BY THIS ENHANCED PENALTY.

THIS NEW LAW TAKES EFFECT ON November 1, 2012

Para el español haga clic aquí.


 Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

   SNAP is the new name for the Food Stamp Program

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the new name for the Food Stamp Program (effective August 29, 2012). SNAP issues monthly electronic benefits that can be used like cash to purchase food at authorized retail food stores. Eligibility and benefit levels are based on household size, income, assets and other factors. MyBenefits-SNAP How to Apply Online


Child Care Providers

Suffolk County encourages Child Care providers to participate in an online interactive checklist quiz to assess what quality improvements can be made related to these goals. Providers can create action plans to incorporate into their own programs, and earn a certificate of recognition after completion of the action plan. Click here for more information


Effective February 1, 2012
  Extended Family sitting together outside eating barbecueWe will be centralizing all active Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) and Medicaid cases for SSI recipients to the Smithtown Center, located at:

200 Wireless Blvd.Hauppauge, NY 11788  

Click here for more information


Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)
         

Thermostat closeup in reds and oranges HEAP is a federally funded program that provides heating benefits to supplement a household's annual energy cost. HEAP also provides emergency assistance for households in a heat or heat related energy emergency. Additionally, HEAP assists with furnace repairs and/or replacements for households with inoperable heating equipment. If you are in receipt of SNAP benefits (formerly known as Food Stamps), you may be eligible for a HEAP benefit.

Click here for more information. 


Daniel D. White Fund

Hand holding a pile of coins with a small plant growing from themIn 1939, Daniel D. White, a local Sayville resident, made provisions in his will for a fifty thousand dollar fund of money to assist the poor and needy in Sayville, West Sayville and Bayport.Click here for more information