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DHS News August 2011  

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AIMS staff honored with Dignity and Respect Champion Award  

Deb Slocum, Personnel Analyst for DHS Administrative and Information Management Services, was honored with UPMC’s Dignity and Respect Campaign’s Champion Award for the month of August. This honor is awarded to one individual each month of the year, recognizing people who have made a difference in promoting inclusion, dignity and respect in communities.

“It is truly an honor to be nominated and to be chosen as a Champion,” said Slocum. “It is really gratifying.”

Honorees for the award are selected via an online nomination process where individuals can nominate someone they know and provide a brief description as to why he or she deserves the accolade.

Although Slocum is appreciative of all she has achieved in promoting inclusion, dignity and respect, she knows her work is not yet done.

“I’m honored to be the August champion and in the wise words of Mahatma Gandhi, I’ll continue to try to ‘be the change you want to see in the world’.”

More information about the Dignity and Respect Campaign  

Two OBH staff recognized for ‘positive impact’  

On the first Friday of every month, the Allegheny County Children’s Court recognizes a different group of employees for their positive impact on the Court’s work. For the month of August, the Court is recognizing Barbara Hill, DHS Justice Related Services Assessor and Tiffanie Anderson, DHS Justice Related Services Specialist from the Intensive Mental Health/Drug & Alcohol Program for Assessment, Coordinated Services and Treatment Referral (IMPACT).

Both Hill and Anderson are recognized as being “professional, enthusiastic and invaluable” members of IMPACT.

IMPACT, a collaborative program between DHS Office of Behavioral Health and the Children’s Court, serves as an onsite resource for Children’s Court judges, hearing officers and professional court staff who encounter clients involved in dependency or custody proceedings who may be in need of mental health and/or drug and alcohol treatment.

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