Department of Social Services


Department of Social Services is responsible for providing benefits and services to sustain families and individuals and to assist them in achieving independence.

Some of the specific services DSS provides include Services: economic assistance, temporary assistance, food stamps, medical assistance, day care assistance, protective and preventive services for children and adults, and child support services.

Calling the various departments listed on the Department of Social Services website directly is the recommended way of contacting them. DSS can also be reached by email at dssinfo@tompkins-co.org. Information on how to apply for benefits can also be found at  www.mybenefits.ny.gov.




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