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. After wife's suicide, dad champions center to treat depression in new moms at West Penn H

    Steven D'Achille hopes that a treatment center for pregnant women and new mothers scheduled to open this fall in Pittsburgh will prevent deaths such as his wife's. Additional Info...
  2. Wolf nominates insurance commish for top post at proposed Health and Human Services

    Gov. Tom Wolf said Tuesday that he intends to nominate Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller to serve as the first secretary of his proposed Department of Health and Human Services. Additional Info...
  3. Senior Farmers' Market Program sign-ups open

    The Program provides eligible seniors four $5.00 checks to use at any participating Farmers’ Market to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables from June 1, 2017 until November 30, 2017. Additional Info...
  4. Pittsburgh Foundation fundraiser to raise money for those with needs in key areas

    The Pittsburgh Foundation is narrowing the focus of its former Day of Giving fundraiser to raise money for more than 100 nonprofits in Allegheny and Westmoreland counties that directly support people with needs in five areas. Additional Info...
  5. Human Services Block Grant Public Hearings and Westmoreland County Children's Bureau

    Open for public comment on Tuesday, May 30th at 1:00 p.m. and Wednesday, May 31st at 5:00 p.m. Read on...
  6. Child abuse reports continue to surge in Allegheny County

    About two-thirds of counties in the state saw an increased number of child abuse reports in 2016, according to the most recent annual child protective services report by the state Department of Human Services. Additional Info...
  7. Saint Vincent graduation includes special needs students for first time

    Zachary Dixon gave a triumphant fist-pump Saturday as he crossed the stage in cap and gown at Saint Vincent College’s commencement. It was the first time that students in the college’s program for those with intellectual disabilities marched. Additional Info...
  8. Sensory room at Norwin's Sheridan Terrace Elementary helps students with autism, other challenges

    Staff at Norwin's Sheridan Terrace Elementary School created a sensory room where students with autism spectrum disorders and those facing social, communication and behavioral challenges get time and space to “come into their senses” and “cool down.” Additional Info...
  9. Westmoreland County residents list transportation improvements as top priority; more public input so

    Residents who participated in the early stages of a $250,000 effort to plan for Westmoreland County's future identified needs for better transportation, more jobs and the ability to retain and grow population as the top concerns. Additional Info...
  10. Pennsylvania aiming to help released prisoners stay free

    HARRISBURG — State officials are launching the first council to help former prison inmates navigate the challenges of finding housing, work and health care as they adjust to life outside bars. Additional Info...
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    Southwestern Pa. drug prevention programs tout prioritize peer counseling, early intervention

    "Substance abuse education needs to go beyond just talking about drugs and alcohol. They must emphasize the need for more accessible mental health services, safe recreational and social spaces and stronger bonds with families and adults." Read more...
  12. Excela Health programs help veterans deal with guilt, grief

    Acceptance of what veterans did during their time in combat — that they did what was asked of them — and understanding the need for them to tell their stories are important elements in helping veterans heal from the emotional wounds of war. Additional Info...
  13. Special ed funding would be in peril if U.S. Senate passes House bill

    The bill passed by the U.S. House to repeal the Affordable Care Act, now being considered by the Senate, would make deep cuts to Medicaid — which threatens millions in special education dollars for local school districts. Additional Info...
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    Grief Share Support Group Meeting in Latrobe, PA

    Tuesdays from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at the Hope Center, 807 Ligonier St., Latrobe. For more information or to register, call 724-539-1214. Read on...
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    June 7, 2017: dis+Abilities Awareness PICNIC at Twin Lakes Park

    Westmoreland County dis+Abilities Task Force would like to invite... Read on...
  17. Law students learn a new way to relieve stress

    “You're able to escape and laugh at yourself when everything else in law school seems so serious. It's silly and it's fun and you get to take that moment to yourself and forget about everything legal.” Continue reading...
  18. Westmoreland County judge hopes to place more juvenile offenders with volunteer fire departments

    Juvenile offenders shine the trucks, spiff up the hall, assist at bingo fundraisers and even help roll up the hoses sometimes when trucks pull back into one of Latrobe's five fire stations after a call. Additional Info...
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    Westmoreland colleges compete in Food Bank Campus Challenge

    A lot of things get thrown out of dorm rooms at the end of spring semester, but what concerned Brian Root was that food was going to waste... Additional Info...
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    Westmoreland County Area Agency on Aging

    May/June 2017 AAA Newsletter is here hot off the press! Click here to view newsletter
  21. Workplaces for people with intellectual disabilities are decreasing. The changes can be painful.

    Every day, Perry Blatz knows where his son Bill will be — stuffing and labeling envelopes at the UPMC Vocational Training Center in the South Side, a facility for adults with intellectual disabilities. Additional Info...
  22. Grant to help repair blighted Westmoreland homes, aid the disabled

    As many as 35 disabled and low-income homeowners in Westmoreland County could receive financial assistance under a new state grant secured this week to rehabilitate blighted residences. Additional Info...
  23. Grant to help repair blighted Westmoreland homes, aid the disabled

    As many as 35 disabled and low-income homeowners in Westmoreland County could receive financial assistance under a new state grant secured this week to rehabilitate blighted residences. Additional Info...
  24. Eat, Sleep, Repeat: How Kids' Daily Routines Can Help Prevent Obesity

    "We found children who had inconsistent bedtimes were almost twice as likely to be obese by age 11 compared to kids who had regular bedtimes," says study author Sarah Anderson, an epidemiologist at The Ohio State University. Additional Info...
  25. FDA: Don't Give Kids Cough Syrup Or Pain Meds That Contain Codeine

    The Food and Drug Administration says children under 12 should not be given prescription medicines that contain codeine or another narcotic, tramadol, and that such drugs can also be dangerous to youth between 12 and 18. Additional Info...
  26. Older people need regular exercise, and are better off for it

    Older people have much to gain from regular exercise, and there is a wide variety of options available to them. “Exercise has shown to be beneficial at all ages. In fact, you have more to lose by not exercising.” Additional Info...
  27. 'When I Was Your Age' And Other Pitfalls Of Talking To Teens About Stress

    "When adolescents are distressed, most parents are inclined to try to solve their problems, but often what teens really need is help developing problem-solving skills of their own...." Continue reading
  28. Annual wellness conference at Caritas Christi motherhouse focuses on 'Lifespan Rhythms'

    At Caritas Christi motherhouse in Greensburg, home to the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill, “we're all about communicating” and responding to the needs of the community, says Julia Trimarchi Cuccaro, director of development. Additional Info...
  29. Penn-Trafford special education students enjoy Transitions career exploration

    It's one thing to learn about operating a business. It's quite another to jump in with both feet and actually do it. Additional Info...
  30. Head of county's drug OD force knows struggles of recovery firsthand

    As head of Westmoreland County's Drug Overdose Task Force, Tim Phillips routinely talks to addicts and tells them recovery is possible. Additional Info...
  31. Boomers looking to age in place lead remodeling trend

    The small businesses that dominate the home remodeling industry are looking forward to robust growth in the next few years thanks to baby boomers who want to remain in their homes Additional Info...
  32. First aid for mental health: A new approach in Pennsylvania's prisons

    Bellefonte, Pennsylvania (CNN)--The man was about to snap. He had just lost a child. "I couldn't really relate to that," Peter Robinson said of his fellow inmate. "I know what loss feels like, though." Additional Info...
  33. Young woman's journey ends tragically in mental hospital

    Robert Logsdon’s daughter was complaining of swollen feet, seemed to have one dilated pupil, and said no to her favorite flavor of muffin. She was discouraged after six weeks under constant supervision... Additional Info...
  34. Senior citizen living facility to be built at former Jeannette District Memorial Hospital site

    The site of the former Jeannette District Memorial Hospital will have a new life as a senior citizen living facility, an Excela Health spokeswoman said Thursday. Additional Info...
  35. Inmates’ mental illness a statewide problem

    bout 65 percent of Pennsylvania’s county jail inmates have a substance abuse disorder, 10 to 30 percent suffer from mental illness and up to 14 percent have serious mental illness. Additional Info...
  36. Mental health matters to school students

    Odds are that if you had asked Loren Davis what was troubling her, she wouldn’t have been able to tell you. If pressed, the then-student at Park Forest Middle School might have described it as a bad case of nerves Additional Info...
  37. It's family, not friends, who may help you live longer, study says

    The company you keep has long been thought to be an important factor in both mental and physical well-being. Numerous studies have documented how the quantity and quality of social relationships have effects that emerge in childhood and, as sociologists.. Additional Info...
  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...
  39. Doctors Often Fail To Treat Depression Like A Chronic Illness

    Depression prompts people to make about 8 million doctors' appointments a year, and more than half are with primary care physicians. A study suggests those doctors often fall short in treating depression because of insurance issues, time constraints... Additional Info...
  40. Physicians want robust studies on medical marijuana use

    Pittsburgh may be ready to decriminalize marijuana for recreational use, but a new survey suggests local physicians hold widely varying views when it comes to their willingness to prescribe marijuana for medical use, even if it were legal. Additional Info...
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