DHS receives federal, state and local funding from more than 150 funding sources. Some of the specific funding streams are acknowledged below. This is not a definitive list of funding sources. More details available upon request to Randolph W. Brockington at rbrockington@AlleghenyCounty.us.
DHS Funding Opportunities
DHS has recently (late 2012) taken advantage of two funding opportunities that permit greater flexibility in how we prioritize funding to support human services in Allegheny County. DHS is one of five counties in Pennsylvania to participate in a five-year federal Child Welfare Waiver Demonstration Project. The project enables the department to improve the process and quality of care it provides through programmatic and system-level changes to improve outcomes for children, youth and families involved in the child welfare system. DHS was also selected as a pilot county to implement the Human Services Block Grant. The block grant brings together seven state categorical funding sources with fewer provisions associated with restrictive funding. Adapting to this new paradigm of flexible funding sources will take time, of course, however DHS is committed to pursuing a thoughtful and informed approach to maximizing these funding opportunities.
Background County Human Services Funding Information
Produced by the Pennsylvania Association of County Human Services Administrators (an affiliation of the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP) ), these documents include educational material concerning the funding of human services in Pennsylvania.
Block and Categorical Grants
Child Welfare Mandates
Framework of County Human Services Funding Streams
Funding Formulas County Services
HealthChoices as a Model (and Recommendations by CCAP)
HSDF - County Human Services Safety Net
Human Services Integration Fund (HSIF)
In 1997, when the Department of Human Services (DHS) was created by consolidating four separate departments into one unified department, a group of local foundations came together to provide flexible funding to DHS for projects that foster integration and support innovation in ways that were not possible with public sector dollars. HSIF’s member foundations have contributed more than $12 million since the fund was established.
Details about HSIF and the projects made possible through its funding are available at Human Services Integration Fund.
Projects Funded by HSIF