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:

Please note: The Greensburg office of the PA State Department of Public Assistance is located at 587 Sells Lane, Greensburg, PA 15601-4493, is open 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Contact them at 724-832-5200 or 1-800-905-5413.


  1. BH/DS
  2. Children's Bureau
  3. Juvenile Detention
 
 Westmoreland County Area Agency on Aging
Katherine A. Johnson, LSW
Administrator
 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. Federal government announces new physical fitness guidelines; fewer than one in three Americans meet

    Excercise helps reduce anxiety, blood pressure and Alzheimer's disease and improve brain function and learning. Additional Info...
  2. New Ken Points of Light honors 4 for giving back to community

    The New Kensington Points of Light Committee this week honored four people who have helped others and given back to their communities in different ways. Additional Info...
  3. Greensburg group spreads warmth with hat, glove distribution

    Zippered bags stuffed with winter hats, gloves and scarves appeared Sunday afternoon hanging from trees, fences and parking meters in downtown Greensburg. Additional Info...
  4. Monessen Senior Center seeking input

    If you're an older adult in the Monessen area, they'd like to hear what you want in your center. Please take this quick, online survey. Additional Info...
  5. Hands serving hot meal to outreached hands

    Westmoreland County Community and Holiday Meals

    View a list of area agencies and churches that will be serving community holiday meals. Please note reservations are requested. Read on...
  6. Veterans disability benefit criteria expanded

    Military veterans and veterans’ widows now may be eligible for disability benefits under new guidelines the federal government issued recently, expanding income eligibility criteria. Additional Info...
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  8. Don't spank: Pediatricians warn parents of long-term harms

    The nation’s leading pediatricians’ group has strengthened its advice against spanking and other physical punishment because of the potential for long-term harm. Additional Info...
  9. Go Westmoreland transit ride now can be scheduled by home computers

    EMAIL NEWSLETTERS Sign up for one of our email newsletters. Passengers who travel on Go Westmoreland, the transit authority’s shared-ride program, will now be able to schedule trips by using computers at home. Additional Info...
  10. New AHN hospital in Hempfield to include cancer treatment center

    The Allegheny Health Network hospital and emergency room under construction in Hempfield will includ Additional Info...
  11. ail cars to pick up Toys for Tots donations Nov. 17 along Westmoreland railroad

    A caravan of rail cars collecting donations for Toys for Tots again will make its way from East Huntingdon to Hempfield this month. Additional Info...
  12. Blood pressure drug recalled for possible cancer risk, FDA says

    Certain lots of a blood pressure medication have been recalled because they may contain an impurity believed to cause cancer, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Tuesday. Additional Info...
  13. United Way seeks proposals for grants to address education, labor

    United Way officials want children to be as prepared as possible when they start kindergarten. Additional Info...
  14. Obamacare signup starts Thursday under new Trump rules: Know the risks, limitations of short-term in

    Consumers will have more choices when shopping for insurance when the six-week open enrollment period for health plans under the Affordable Care Act begins Thursday. Additional Info...
  15. Authorities say scammers are looking to cash in on Tree of Life tragedy

    Scammers are fraudulently soliciting money that they say will support victims of Saturday’s Tree of Life synagogue massacre in Squirrel Hill, the FBI said Wednesday. Additional Info...
  16. Blackburn Center, Autism Connection partner for abuse program in Murrysville

    People coping with disabilities already have their share of challenges without adding abuse to the list. Additional Info...
  17. Cold weather shelters reopen for fourth season

    Westmoreland County cold weather shelters will open Thursday, offering emergency lodging to residents who are homeless or without heat on cold winter nights. They will remain in operation through March 31. Additional Info...
  18. Holiday Dinner Nov 17
  19. Heating Assistance Program to Open This Week

    Residents who are struggling with their home heating bills can apply for assistance from the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) beginning Thursday, Nov. 1. Read on...
  20. Service problems, other issues at Westmoreland Transit are being corrected, operator says

    Service delays that have plagued Westmoreland Transit and its paratransit programs in recent months — along with costing its Ohio-based operator $24,000 in penalties — are, hopefully, in the rear-view mirror. Additional Info...
  21. Adaptive classes help people with special needs get in the swim

    The class is open to anyone dealing with “anything that is considered a special need — Down syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy, anything, Participants range in age from preteens, like Luke, to adults. Additional Info...
  22. To keep your blood pressure in check, don't forget to brush and floss

    Researchers reported Monday that in adults whose hypertension was being treated with medications, systolic blood pressure — which measures pressure in the vessels when the heart beats — got higher as the health of their teeth and gums declined. Additional Info...
  23. Latrobe widower easing others' burdens with emergency medical packets

    When Paul Volkmann returned to his Latrobe home one day last April from a morning out, he found his wife, Teri Volkmann, collapsed on the floor. Additional Info...
  24. Legislature approves ending license suspensions for certain crimes in Pa.

    Joyce Douglass, a retired state parole agent, can recall many initial conversations with the parolees she supervised. She would tell them that they had to get a job and support their families, and pay their court fines and restitution. Additional Info...
  25. What does it feel like to be an older person? Aspiring physical therapists find out

    Nick Schrader, a Chatham University graduate student, for a few moments wears foggy goggles that depict the visual effects of glaucoma. He squints at the classmates and objects around him in a laboratory. Additional Info...
  26. Applications available from Press Club of Western Pennsylvania for journalism scholarships

    The Press Club of Western Pennsylvania is taking applications until Feb. 4 from current college sophomores/juniors for scholarships. Additional Info...
  27. Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation and others to break ground for new playground in Northmoreland Park

    CNX Resources Corp., Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation and Westmoreland County Commissioners will break ground for a new $75,000 playground at Northmoreland Park in Allegheny Township at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. Additional Info...
  28. Big Lots in Harrison to donate to Habitat for Humanity Allegheny Valley

    Big Lots will launch a new donation program Friday to help Habitat for Humanity Allegheny Valley provide a home for a single mom and her son. Additional Info...
  29. Pitt Greensburg students work on service projects for Make a Difference Day

    On Saturday morning, the view was rather dismal both inside and outside of a Long Street home in Hempfield. Additional Info...
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  31. Dementia Training for Caregivers flyer
  32. CommuteInfo offers a better 'way to work'.

    With the goal of increasing the number of people who travel to work or school by riding transit, carpooling, vanpooling, bikepooling or even walking, CommuteInfo offers valuable resources for commuters. Additional Info...
  33. 'Elder orphans' often face challenges of aging on their own

    It was a memorable place to have an “aha” moment about aging. Peter Sperry had taken his 82-year-old father, who’d had a stroke and used a wheelchair, to Disney World. Additional Info...
  34. Monessen Family Center receives funding to increase home visiting programs

    The Monessen Family Center, an agency that conducts home visits in communities affected by the opioid epidemic, was one of several across the state to receive an increase of funding for that program. Additional Info...
  35. Local doctors say Seasonal Affective Disorder not just winter time blues

    While fall brings all things pumpkin spice, colored leaves and sweater weather, it isn’t always something that everyone looks forward to. Additional Info...
  36. As opioid crisis creates orphans, grandparents take on parenthood again, often with few resources

    As the opioid epidemic continues to kill thousands, social safety nets and the foster system appear ill-equipped to handle the crisis surrounding the youngest victims of the epidemic: children left behind when parents die. Additional Info...
  37. Manage stress & smell the roses

    The past two decades have seen an increase in prescriptions for medications to treat mental health disorders. While medications may be a part of the solution, treatment needs to include a plan and efforts to self-regulate. Additional Info...
  38. Studies in healthy older people aim to prevent Alzheimer's

    It may be too late to stop Alzheimer’s in people who already have some mental decline. But what if a treatment could target the very earliest brain changes while memory and thinking skills are still intact, in hope of preventing the disease? Additional Info...
  39. Big Brothers Big Sisters rebrands, targets diverse volunteer recruitment

    In an effort to recruit more diverse volunteers, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Laurel Region , along with more than 270 affiliates nationwide, today is unveiling a new, modern look, according to a news release. Additional Info...
  40. WIC Locations

    Latrobe WIC office closed

    As of October 1st the Latrobe WIC Office will be closed permanently. Please see flyer for where to go now for WIC Services. Additional Info...
  41. Catholic Charities Diocese of Greensburg Logo

    Flood Disaster Assistance Available through Catholic Charities

    Funds are available for furnace and hot water tank replacement and repair as well as rental assistance for displaced flood victims.

    Contact: Donna Hagan, Catholic Charities at 724-837-1840, ext 1661.
  42. Western PA Diaper Bank at Public Meeting

    What's the Western PA Diaper Bank?

    If you had to choose between buying groceries and keeping your baby in a clean diaper, what would you do? The Western Pennsylvania Diaper Bank doesn’t think families should have to make that choice. Read on...
  43. Driving factor behind eating disorders is a matter of control

    Kelly Harwood, the clinical manager of outpatient therapy, training and development with Chestnut Ridge Counseling Services in Uniontown, said there are three primary eating disorders she tends to see. Additional Info...
  44. Need Help Lowering Your Electric Bill?

    The WARM Program can help you lower your electric bill and keep your home more comfortable in the winter and summer months. No payment is required for these services. Read on...
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