HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's Department of Social Services is being ordered to speed up processing of food stamp applications.
The agency said Tuesday it is reviewing the details of a preliminary injunctive order issued by U.S. District Judge Vanessa Bryant on Monday. Bryant is requiring DSS to be fully compliant within 12 months with all federal requirements concerning the prompt determination of eligibility for food stamps.
Bryant's order said DSS acknowledged it has lost applications and verification documents, and has failed to schedule interviews in a timely manner, as required by the Food Stamp Act.
On Tuesday, DSS said it is serving nearly 400,000 residents in more than 214,000 households and working hard to improve the timeliness of application processing. The agency has hired more than 200 new staff and making technological improvements.
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