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. 5 year old boy and young girl standing beside each other looking at an iPad the boy is holding

    Charity gives kids a 'voice'

    “If he wants something and we can't understand him, we say, ‘Hey, Tyler, type it in your device,' ” said Tyler's father, Nate Winfield of Trafford. “I can actually hear him come up and say, ‘I love you,' and I can be, ‘I love you, too, buddy.'” Read more...
  2. Monroeville Girl Scout's summer camp offers safe space for kids with autism

    Victoria Huff of Monroeville had numerous surgeries growing up. Additional Info...
  3. United Way program to aid senior citizens adopts new name

    A United Way program that matches volunteers with Westmoreland County senior citizens who need a helping hand is getting a new name. Additional Info...
  4. 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...
  5. Social Interaction Improves Quality Of Life For People With Dementia

    Scientists sometimes call this approach an ecopsychosocial intervention. The goal is to create environments that better meet patients' psychological and emotional needs through strategies other than medication. Read more...
  6. Speakers in Pittsburgh warn state of dangers of cutting low-income heating funds

    Freezing cold homes. Broken pipes. Fires or carbon monoxide deaths from families using unsafe heating sources. Additional Info...
  7. Historic Monessen department store rehabilitated into apartments

    “These types of things matter,” said County Commissioner Ted Kopas. “You're improving neighborhoods, you're improving downtown and you're providing affordable housing.” Full TribLive Article
  8. At 75, artist discusses struggles with mental health

    The private studio of glass artist Dale Chihuly reflects his long obsession with collecting. Sheets of stamps cover one table; pocket knives are marshaled on another. Carnival-prize figurines from the first half of the 20th century line shelves... Additional Info...
  9. Haircuts can challenge children with autism; more salons address their needs

    Around midday on a recent hot Sunday afternoon, Lela Forrest, 11, walked into Sharkey’s Cuts for Kids in Robinson wearing hot-pink noise-canceling headphones over her wild sandy-blond curls. Additional Info...
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    July 2017 Westmoreland Cancer Support Program Calendar

    Westmoreland Cancer Support, Our Clubhouse Westmoreland Read on...
  11. Kids Struggling With Addiction Need School, Too, But There Are Few Options

    Research shows that students in "recovery schools", designed to meet both academic and therapeutic needs, have better sobriety levels — and usually better grades, than students with addiction who remain in regular class settings. Article HERE
  12. Pa. proposes cuts to LIHEAP

    As Pennsylvania braces for whatever the federal budget may bring, the state Department of Human Services is already proposing cuts to its popular Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Additional Info...
  13. Agency merger won't include departments of aging, drug and alcohol programs

    A proposal to merge four state agencies into a Department of Health and Human Services will not include Pennsylvania’s Department of Aging or its Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs. Additional Info...
  14. Award-winning art program lauded for engaging students

    It wasn't your typical art class. “We're in an art space, not an art class.” Additional Info...
  15. Pennsylvania legislators mull contractor fee to help children of inmates

    Pennsylvania lawmakers are weighing a measure to establish a first-of-its-kind public charitable trust to provide support services for children with incarcerated parents. Additional Info...
  16. Expert: MLB umpire did all the right things in helping suicidal woman

    He voice was gentle, his words were calming, his demeanor was loving. He was a stranger, but no matter. Additional Info...
  17. 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...
  18. 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...
  19. 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...
  20. Alle-Kiski Valley libraries, schools look to keep kids learning during summer

    Many libraries already have their summer reading programs under way in an effort to provide summer activities and prevent children from losing their reading skills over summer break. Additional Info...
  21. 2 graduate from Westmoreland's drug court program

    Eighteen months ago, Jeffrey Patterson faced a life-altering decision. He could roll the dice with a judge and take his drug charges to court, potentially landing in jail, or enroll in Westmoreland County's fledgling drug court program. Additional Info...
  22. Groups offer help to Westmoreland veterans who fall on hard times

    Terrence Stubbs has been settling in at his new apartment in South Greensburg for about two weeks. The former Green Beret counts himself lucky to have found one that will accept his four cats... Additional Info...
  23. ACLU lawsuit prompts official steps to speed treatment for mentally ill defendants

    People deemed too mentally ill to stand trial in Pennsylvania will soon have more places to get help. Additional Info...
  24. Some seniors just want to be left alone, which can lead to problems

    The 84-year-old man who had suffered a mini-stroke was insistent as he spoke to a social worker about being discharged from the hospital: He didn’t want anyone coming into his home, and he didn’t think he needed any help. Additional Info...
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    United Way celebrates $3.6M fundraising campaign efforts

    More than 100 local volunteers, individual donors and corporate partners of United Way attended a luncheon at St. Vincent College, where the details of its most recent Westmoreland campaign were announced. The goal of $3.6 million... Continue reading
  26. Baby boomers, Medicare march into increasingly uncertain future

    The futures of the baby boom generation and Medicare are inextricably tied. Additional Info...
  27. Central Westmoreland Habitat for Humanity nails a new system

    Central Westmoreland Habitat for Humanity expected to finish renovating one house this year. Instead Additional Info...
  28. Westmoreland could lose $1.3 million in state funds

    In an effort to cut discretionary spending this year, commissioners slashed $110,000 in funding to seven local social service agencies, including $49,000 to the Westmoreland County Food Bank. Additional Info...
  29. Pitt researchers want to hear about family caregivers' issues

    One often-stated problem for family caregivers is their sense of isolation, feeling unable to unburden themselves about their stress from a sense no one wants to listen. Additional Info...
  30. Art contest for Pennsylvanians with disabilities

    Art, the Universal Language contest open

    Artistic ability and expression offer unique opportunities for everyone to appreciate and understand the talents and perspectives of Pennsylvanians with a disability. This year's theme: Visions of Pennsylvania Additional Info...
  31. Teen depression: Large study finds girls have the highest risk

    Reaching teenagers with depression and offering them help in a crisis is not easy. One young man whose anxiety led to depression says that adults don’t always recognize the signs and teens don’t know how to tell them. Additional Info...
  32. White Bus on a road in a city

    Westmoreland County transit system to be tested as baby boomers become seniors

    Jack Overdorff, 86, often rides the Westmoreland Transit Authority's fixed-route buses. He still drives, but he takes the bus when he can. He rides for free, thanks to state lottery proceeds subsidizing bus services for seniors. Article HERE
  33. 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...
  34. Pennsylvania program encourages people with disabilities to work

    While many government benefit-based programs strictly limit an applicant’s assets and income, PA's medical assistance program recognizes the need to give people who want to work a “helping hand.” Additional Info...
  35. 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...
  36. 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...
  37. 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...
  38. 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...
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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...
  41. 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...
  42. 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...
  43. 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...
  44. 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...
  45. 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...
  46. 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...
  47. 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...
  48. 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...
  49. 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...
  50. 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...
  51. 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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