DHS News August 2011
August 2011 DHS Newsletter
DHS, Juvenile Probation hold hearing on Needs-Based Plan and Budget
On Wednesday, Aug. 3, families and providers shared comments regarding the 2012-2013 Office of Children, Youth and Families and Juvenile Probation Needs-Based Plan and Budget (NBPB).
The hearing was the final of three public meetings held to gather input from both families and providers prior to the finalization of the plan. Once the plan was finalized, it was submitted to the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare.
Several individuals pre-registered to comment at the hearing and shared their personal and professional experiences regarding children’s services and NBPB.
Maria Silva from Allegheny Family Network (AFN) noted that she was both personally and professionally impacted by children’s services funded through the NBPB.
“Everyone at AFN is a parent of a child with mental health issues,” she said. “We learn from our families as we go and it’s exciting to help other families reach self-sufficiency. It’s incredible what I’ve learned.”
Steve Freas, a representative from the Human Services Administration Organization (HSAO) shared his perspective on high-fidelity wraparound.
“Over the past three years, I’ve had the unique opportunity to work with the high-fidelity wraparound,” he said. “It’s really been an asset to youth, and we intend on using this process to benefit as many people as possible.”
Jilan Hawk, clinical director of the Alliance for Infants and Toddlers, also shared the importance of early intervention services.
“Early intervention services for infants and toddlers save money later,” she said. “These services increase the likelihood of later positive outcomes and provide the greatest potential for change.”
For more information about NBPB and to view the final plan, please go here.
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