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pdf.gif June 2011 DHS Newsletter

Meetings held to gather input for planning of children and youth services

Two meetings were held in June to gather recommendations for children and youth services that will help DHS develop the Integrated Children’s Service Plan (ICSP) and the Needs Based Plan and Budget (NBPB).

On Wednesday, June 8, more than 110 attendees—mostly from DHS provider agencies—came together to discuss services for children and youth in Allegheny County.

On Wednesday, June 22, a town hall meeting was held for the general public with the intent of gathering recommendations from Allegheny County residents regarding children and youth services. More than 30 county residents attended the meeting.

About the Meetings
DHS Director Marc Cherna led the discussion at both meetings with staff from the Juvenile Probation Office as well as DHS deputies and administrators also participating.

Meeting attendees discussed how to best coordinate services for children, youth and young adults with mental health concerns, substance use disorders, and mental retardation/intellectual disability, as well as services related to child welfare and juvenile probation.

Comments from the meetings will be incorporated into each plan and submitted to the state in August.

Needs Based Plan and Budget
Every year, counties are required to develop and submit an NBPB to the Department of Public Welfare’s Office of Children, Youth and Families. The NBPB outlines the range of services the county plans to provide and the budget requirements needed to do so.

Integrated Children’s Service Plan (DHS and Juvenile Probation Office)
Allegheny County’s ICSP describes progress and next steps in the Department’s ongoing, multi-year efforts toward developing an integrated service system for children in Allegheny County.

“The ideal system at DHS is the “No Wrong Door” approach,” said Jeanine Rasky, systems integration coordinator in the DHS Executive Office. “It’s one that provides a set of developmentally appropriate services to children, youth and young adults and their families, regardless of the point of entry into the system.”

Rasky also noted that as DHS continues to move towards an integrated network of children’s services, the focus of the integration will remain these two priority areas:

  • providing services and supports to young adults as they “age out” of child-serving systems, and
  • improving resources and services available to children from birth to six years old and their families.

For More Information
For more information about the NBPB and the ICSP, including previous years’ plans please visit the DHS website.
The NBPB and ICSP for 2012-2013 will be posted for review in the third week of July 2011.

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