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. Private Industry Council logo
  2. Dementia Training for Caregivers flyer
  3. 3 new suspected 'modern polio' cases in Allegheny County

    Three new children with suspected acute flaccid myelitis, or “modern polio,” are being treated at UPMC Children’s Hospital, the Allegheny County Health Department said Thursday. Additional Info...
  4. Woodlands fall festival on Saturday celebrates inclusion of kids, adults with challenges

    The Woodlands, a non-profit agency in Bradford Woods that provides a variety of activities for people with disabilities or chronic illnesses, is hosting its annual Fall Festival on Saturday. Additional Info...
  5. Murrysville Cleaners collects, donates more than 2,000 coats, winter clothing items

    The philosophy behind Murrysville Cleaners’ annual “Great Coat Giveaway” is simple. “Everyone needs a coat for winter, and many of us have coats we don’t need and are willing to share with others who can use them.” Additional Info...
  6. 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...
  7. Temporary guardianship for grandparents bill passes as Wolf officials meet with those raising grandc

    In response to the opioid epidemic, the Pennsylvania Senate unanimously passed a House bill Tuesday that grants temporary guardianship in 90-day incrementsto grandparents or other family members.... Additional Info...
  8. '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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
  11. 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...
  12. Three children with suspected polio-like disease being treated at UPMC Children's Hospital

    Symptoms are similar to polio, such as muscle weakness and inflammation of the spinal cord. Additional Info...
  13. 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...
  14. Out & About: Wine & Chocolate Gala benefits Children's Bureau

    An elegantly arrayed table of gourmet chocolates greeted guests as they entered the banquet room at the Greensburg Garden and Civic Center on Oct. 6. Around the corner was a wine bar. Additional Info...
  15. 'Toxic stress' on children can harm their lifelong learning, mental and physical health

    The 10-year-old girl suffered from persistent asthma, but the cause was unclear. Tests ruled out everything from pet hair to cockroaches. Additional Info...
  16. State long-term care program begins lifting restrictions on insurers

    State officials have begun permitting managed care organizations to reduce home care services to older or disabled individuals in the Community HealthChoices program, after a period when such cuts were banned. Additional Info...
  17. 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...
  18. Women's Leadership Council celebrates outreach efforts in Westmoreland, Fayette counties

    Westmoreland-Fayette Women’s Leadership Council helps sponsor the United Way’s program that links volunteers to older residents who need a hand, Additional Info...
  19. Health insurance expert calls UPMC prepay mandate 'harsh'

    Highmark officials are asking UPMC to reconsider its plan to require Highmark- insured Medicare Advantage patients to prepay their non­emergency medical bills in full if they want to continue using UPMC facilities and doctors next summer. Additional Info...
  20. Feedback sought from Westmoreland residents on transportation survey

    The Westmoreland County Agency on Aging is seeking feedback from residents regarding transportation. Additional Info...
  21. Parenting is a hard job -- but 'home visitors' lend a hand

    LOWER PAXTON, Pa. — Teresa Miller, Pennsylvania’s Department of Human Services secretary, runs an agency with nearly $40 billion in state and federal funds and more than 15,000 employees. Additional Info...
  22. 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...
  23. Go Westmoreland logo
  24. 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...
  25. Study: Limiting kids' screen time improves brain function

    Cutting back on screen time, along with the right amount of sleep and physical activity, is linked to improvements in coginition among children, a study suggests. Additional Info...
  26. Text: Our Clubhouse

    Our Clubhouse Westmoreland October calendar

    Our Clubhouse offers free support for those living with cancer at any age, as well for family and friends who care for them. Additional Info...
  27. Edinboro ending program for students with disabilities due to federal rule changes

    Edinboro University long has enjoyed a reputation for assisting students with disabilities, a niche that gives the regional campus national prominence as a place where those learners get support toward greater independence when they graduate. Additional Info...
  28. Westmoreland Diversity Coalition plans 4 town hall events

    A town hall series of four panel discussions about how to build inclusive communities through youth are set to begin next week in Westmoreland County. Additional Info...
  29. New fleet of Westmoreland Transit buses to hit roads in October

    Westmoreland County Transit Authority will roll out five new buses next month, replacing rusty and unreliable vehicles that have slowed drive times along the system’s fixed-route commuter service, officials said. Additional Info...
  30. 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.
  31. 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...
  32. 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...
  33. Veteran ID Card Program to Get Speed Boost in October

    eterans who apply for ID cards through the Department of Veteran Affairs program rolled out last year should start to see a faster turnaround time in October, officials said Aug. 31. Additional Info...
  34. Sept. AAA Inside Line is here

    Read about the celebrations for Senior Center Month, October's Health & Education Expo, Earn while you Learn, CodeRED. and more! Additional Info...
  35. With danger of concussions better known, high school football programs take notice

    Running back Logan Harmon took a handoff in Apollo-Ridge’s 2017 season finale against Gateway. He hit the hole, but he didn’t see the Vikings defender converging on him. Additional Info...
  36. To Lower Your Medicare Drug Costs, Ask Your Pharmacist For The Cash Price

    Under a little-known Medicare rule, they can pay a lower cash price for prescriptions instead of using their insurance and doling out the amount the policy requires. But only if they ask. Additional Info...
  37. CDC recommendation gives option for nasal flu vaccine

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending a nasal vaccine as a preventive measure against the flu this year, giving people an alternative to the needle that wasn’t recommneded the past two years. Additional Info...
  38. 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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