Suffolk county DSS and Disability Accomodations
Read the public notice here:
A recent class action suit against the Suffolk County Department of Social Services (SC DSS) requires the DSS office to offer reasonable accommodation to all benefit applicants with a disability at every stage of the application process.
OTDA administers a range of programs for families and individuals in need. Click the link above to see which government benefit programs you may be eligible for.
The Public Benefits Unit provides legal assistance to persons who experience problems with public benefits programs which are administered by the local Departments of Social Services, including: Welfare (TANF and Safety Net); Medicaid; Food Stamps (SNAP); Child Care Assistance; HEAP; Emergency shelter for the homeless; and other emergency assistance programs.
Assistance to low-income households in establishing Supplemental Needs Trusts to eliminate the Medicaid spend-down and assist homeless families to obtain Rent Supplements from DSS which enable families to leave the shelters or retain permanent housing is also available.
Hempstead office: 516-292-8100
Islandia office: 631-232-2400
Riverhead office: 631-369-1112
Department of Labor:
Health Homes Program:
The goal of the Health Home program is to make sure its members get the care and services they need. This may mean fewer trips to the emergency room or less time spent in the hospitals, getting regular care and services from doctors and providers, finding a safe place to live, and finding a way to get to medical appointments. Medicaid recipients who have chronic health problems are eligible for comprehensive care coordination. Referrals are required for enrollment into the program.
Care coordination eligibility
In order to be eligible for Health Home services, the individual must be enrolled in Medicaid and must have:
Two or more chronic conditions (e.g., Substance Use Disorder, Asthma, Diabetes*) or
One single qualifying chronic condition: HIV/AIDS or
Serious Mental Illness (SMI) (Adults) or
Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED) or Complex Trauma (Children)