Important Message to SNAP Recipients from DSS Commissioner Joan M. Silvestri


February SNAP Benefits are being issued Early due to the ongoing Federal Government Shutdown. Most SNAP Recipients who are eligible for February benefits are scheduled to receive their entire February benefit by January 17th. The SNAP Recipients receiving this early payment, will not receive a 2nd payment for February and are urged to carefully plan their EBT expenditures so they are able to cover their food expenses for the entire month of February.  SNAP recipients eligible for February benefits who did not receive an early payment, should receive their funds on February 1st.

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There are NO OTHER programs changes resulting from the Federal Government Shutdown.

Programs & Services

The Rockland County Department of Social Services (DSS) offers a wide range of eligibility programs and services to families and individuals to assist them in meeting their basic needs for food, shelter and medical care. 

We also offer a broad range of support services, including services to strengthen family life, prevent family disruption, promote individual functioning and keep families together; temporary placement in foster homes, group homes or institutions; and services to help the elderly or disabled remain in their own home.

Below is a brief description of several of our eligibility and support services.  Please click on the navigation bar to the left to obtain additional information and, if applicable, application instructions. 

Eligibility Programs:

Support Services:

  • Children and Family Services provides preventive and protective services to children, adults and families.
  • Adult Services provides monitoring of home care services to Medicaid recipients.
  • Legal Services encompass many areas, including initiating Child Support orders, investigating fraud and recoupment from recipients when assets or resources are later uncovered.