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. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. "Everyone is an asset": Oct. 29th Disabilities Retreat

    People with disabilities and lifelong illnesses are invited to this afternoon retreat. Additional Info...
  4. 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
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
  11. United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania celebrating 15 years with 'Day of Caring'

    The United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania will mark 15 years of matching volunteers with community service projects during its annual “Day of Caring” on Friday. Additional Info...
  12. Opioids aren’t the only pain drugs to fear

    Opioids aside, the vast majority of medical difficulties pain patients encounter result from the use and abuse of pain-reducing medications that are sold over the counter. Additional Info...
  13. 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...
  14. Senior citizens in a circle with fist pumps in sign of strength

    September is National Senior Center Month – Open Houses at 13 Center for Active Adults

    This year’s theme “Masters of Aging” highlights the many ways centers empower, enlighten, engage, and enrich individuals to master this phase of life. View Open House Schedule...
  15. Inside Line--News from your Agency on Aging

    National Senior Center Month, Elder Abuse Task Force, Smart Driving Skills..and more! Additional Info...
  16. Westmoreland Co. Chidren First Fund logo
  17. SFP Gbg Flyer July 2017-page-001 (1)
  18. When someone shows signs of mental health problems, first aid training gives people tools to help

    In a class of people who are led to help others, they shuffled their places in a lineup, holding cards saying “epilepsy,” “severe asthma,” “severe post-traumatic stress disorder” and “severe depression,” and more. Additional Info...
  19. 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...
  20. Westmoreland County Housing Authority gets funds to boost residents' internet access

    The Westmoreland County Housing Authority was one of 30 public agencies named Monday to participate in a federal program to assist low-income residents to acquire computer skills and internet services. Additional Info...
  21. Salvation Army Back 2 School Bash in Greensburg

    The Salvation Army was joined by a host of Westmoreland County organizations at the Back 2 School Bash, held Saturday at St. Clair Park in Greensburg. Additional Info...
  22. 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...
  23. Polio's painful aftermath: Support group for older survivors

    Thirty or forty years after surviving polio as a child, people can find themselves with a new set of disabling symptoms, such as muscle weakness and pain, trouble breathing and a terrible intolerance to cold weather. Additional Info...
  24. 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...
  25. 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...
  26. 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...
  27. 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...
  28. Financial experts say it's not always advisable to drop life insurance

    Life insurance generally does a good job of doing what it’s mainly intended to do, which is to protect spouses, children and other people who depend on the policy owner financially. Additional Info...
  29. 'Human Library' event in East Liberty sparks dialogue on behavioral health

    On Monday, four speakers addressed about 50 people at the Carnegie Library in East Liberty to spread understanding and awareness about behavioral health as part of the launch of the “The Human Library” project. Additional Info...
  30. Food stamp recipient numbers plummet in Westmoreland, Allegheny counties

    Westmoreland County experienced an 80 percent drop in the number of food stamp recipients in one year, one of the highest decreases among Pennsylvania counties. Additional Info...
  31. Food stamp recipient numbers plummet in Westmoreland, Allegheny counties

    Westmoreland County experienced an 80 percent drop in the number of food stamp recipients in one year, one of the highest decreases among Pennsylvania counties. Additional Info...
  32. 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...
  33. New rules set for sentencing Pennsylvania juveniles to life

    HARRISBURG, Pa. — Juveniles should only rarely be sentenced to life without parole... such cases require proof beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant is an unusual example of someone who can never be rehabilitated. Additional Info...
  34. Nonprofit plans to put affordable housing in blighted area of Latrobe

    Greensburg nonprofit Homes Build Hope is seeking approval from Latrobe and funding from the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency to replace a dozen vacant, dilapidated homes along Latrobe's Mary Street with new, affordable housing. Additional Info...
  35. 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...
  36. New PA ABLE program helps disabled save funds without risking penalties

    A couple of weeks ago, Michael Anderson did what most people would when their home is damaged: He used his checking account to pay someone to fix some small holes in the wall after his aide accidentally pushed Mr. Anderson’s wheelchair into the wall. Additional Info...
  37. Date, time, and location of the grief support groups for Mental Health America
  38. 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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