Human Services Department

Our Vision is toward a better integration of services among County departments and all Human Service entities accompanied by a strengthened customer service orientation that will best serve all of the citizens of Westmoreland County.  Tab through to learn more about our programs:

  1. Area Agency on Aging
  2. BH/DS
  3. Children's Bureau
  4. Juvenile Detention
 
 Westmoreland County Area Agency on Aging
 Area Agency on Aging staff help seniors access free health insurance counseling, our 13 Senior Centers, visitors to the homebound, legal and consumer protection services, discounted shared rides, and vision benefits. 

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  1. Wolf vetoes bill to impose work requirements for Medicaid

    HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Wolf is vetoing legislation to impose work or job search requirements for certain Medicaid recipients. Additional Info...
  2. Habitat for Humanity is having banner year in Westmoreland after decade of struggling

    Central Westmoreland Habitat for Humanity is looking for new ways to expand its mission. Major renovations on two Greensburg homes are nearing completion, and the organization is in the midst of a series of smaller projects to help low-income homeowners. Additional Info...
  3. Community HealthChoices meeting draws questions, concern

    The state Department of Human Services is presenting more than 40 community meetings over several weeks in the 14 counties for which Community HealthChoices takes effect Jan. 1. Additional Info...
  4. Caregiver Event flyer, 9 Nov 17
  5. Tips on making a home more accessible without major construction

    For those who need a more accessible living space, outfitting your home for walkers, wheelchairs, scooters and other assistive devices requires forethought and planning. But it doesn’t have to involve major renovation projects or big budgets. Additional Info...
  6. Transit meeting 18 Oct 17-page-001

    Westmoreland Transit study will seek public input Oct. 18 and online

    The public will have a chance to contribute to a study of Westmoreland County public transportation options next week. Additional Info...
  7. Murrysville Meals on Wheels celebrates 45 years of volunteering

    Peggy Schake of Murrysville no longer cooks for herself. But as a member of Murrysville Meals on Wheels , she continues to cook for others. Additional Info...
  8. Analysts: Pennsylvania Would Lose Billions Under Health Bill

    Pennsylvania would be one of the states hit the hardest under U.S. Senate legislation designed to repeal much of former President Barack Obama's 2010 health care law and redistribute federal health care subsidies among states, independent analysts said. Additional Info...
  9. Move to close Pennsylvania state-care facilities panned, hailed by advocates of disabled

    A bill pending in the Pennsylvania House has exposed fissures in the disability-rights community over the viability of large state-run institutions that care for the disabled. Additional Info...
  10. Public meetings planned on changes to Medicaid-funded long-term care

    Pushing forward with a plan that will revamp delivery of long-term care services to older and disabled southwestern Pennsylvanians in 2018, state officials have scheduled public information meetings. 3.http://www.healthchoicespa.com/ Additional Info...
  11. New Kensington Salvation Army volunteers recount Florida relief trip

    Volunteers with the Salvation Army of New Kensington spent more than a week in Florida assisting with relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Irma. Additional Info...
  12. Some food stamp recipients in Pennsylvania might see benefit changes

    Pennsylvanians who receive food stamp might see a slight decrease in their monthly benefit beginning Oct. 1, due to an annual cost of living calculation by the federal government. Additional Info...
  13. "Everyone is an asset": Oct. 29th Disabilities Retreat

    People with disabilities and lifelong illnesses are invited to this afternoon retreat. Additional Info...
  14. Community Health Choices Logo

    HealthChoices meetings announced

    IN JANUARY 2018, Community HealthChoices (CHC) will be the service program for persons enrolled in both Medicare and Medicaid (Medical Assistance), Medicaid waivers for physical disabilities; and Medicaid-eligible consumers residing in a nursing home. Details, including meeting dates and registration
  15. Women helping women: United Way initiative improves 6K lives, officials say

    Some needed just a minor boost — like enough cash to pay a utility bill or make next month's car payment. Others confronted life-threatening crises, such as escaping domestic violence, finding a stable place to call home or caring for a sick child. Additional Info...
  16. Group that feeds the hungry expands into five counties

    Seeing an increase in the number of people in need of food in the areas surrounding Allegheny County, 412 Food Rescue will kick off the creation of 724 Food Rescue at this year’s Farm Aid concert on Saturday at KeyBank Pavilion in Burgettstown. Additional Info...
  17. Spectrum band a unique outlet for members affected by autism

    Music is a sanctuary for Justin Laus of Penn Hills. "It calms me down," said Laus, 23. "If I'm frustrated or angry, it really helps me relax and focus." Additional Info...
  18. University leaders speak out against sexual violence

    Elected officials, law enforcement, victim advocates & university representatives from campuses in Allegheny & Westmoreland counties gathered at the University of Pittsburgh Monday to reaffirm their commitment to ending sexual assault on college campuses. Additional Info...
  19. 5 state-run facilities for disabled adults could close if bill passes

    Family members of the residents of Pennsylvania's five intermediate care facilities are mobilizing in opposition to a bill that could close the centers by 2023. Additional Info...
  20. Changes ahead for seniors selecting Medigap supplement insurance

    A plan to shut the doors on the most popular insurance policies used by retirees on Medicare will soon present difficult decisions for people choosing Medigap supplement insurance. Additional Info...
  21. Lengthy Pa. budget battle could jeopardize local governments

    Stalled talks in Harrisburg over how to fund Pennsylvania's $32 billion budget could have a trickle down affect later this year on local governments as they figure out how to pay for mandated social services. Additional Info...
  22. Inside Line--News from your Agency on Aging

    National Senior Center Month, Elder Abuse Task Force, Smart Driving Skills..and more! Additional Info...
  23. Angels, heartbreak and murder

    The family of a young man with mental illness tried to get help, but couldn’t until he turned violent. Additional Info...
  24. State names Teresa Miller acting secretary for Human Services

    Teresa Miller, Pennsylvania's insurance commissioner and a native of Oregon, has been named Pennsylvania's acting Human Services secretary, effective Monday, according to a message sent to department staff. Additional Info...
  25. Mental illness and homelessness are connected. But not how you might think

    “Look around. It’s here,” Rep. Timothy F. Murphy (R-Pa.) said during a recent visit, describing why he sees Step Up’s residential programs as a national model. Additional Info...
  26. The limits of 8

    Section 8 vouchers were designed to give low-income people choice in housing. A Post-Gazette data analysis shows their choices are mainly in low-income areas. Additional Info...
  27. Former Pirates play ball with disabled athletes

    Miracles — in all shapes and sizes — came to the Bill Mazeroski Miracle League Field in Murrysville Community Park this weekend. Additional Info...
  28. Westmoreland Notables: Longtime military man helps veterans

    After a nearly 20-year Air Force career that took him all over the world, Matt Zamosky returned to Westmoreland County looking for a job. Additional Info...
  29. Avoiding 9 Key Risks Could Potentially Stave Off Dementia: Panel

    There are no proven ways to stave off Alzheimer's, but a new report raises the prospect that avoiding nine key risks starting in childhood just might delay or even prevent about a third of dementia cases around the world. Additional Info...
  30. Westmoreland County Housing Authority passes smoking ban

    Nearly 5,000 Westmoreland County Housing Authority tenants have until next summer to be smoke-free or risk being evicted. Additional Info...
  31. Date, time, and location of the grief support groups for Mental Health America
  32. Pitt study links exercise, delay in mental decline

    There's no question exercise is beneficial on many fronts, and a new study links calorie-burning in older people to delaying the onset of cognitive impairments such as Alzheimer's disease and dementia. Additional Info...
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