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DHS ActionAlerts

Through ActionAlerts, DHS direct service staff and DHS-contracted provider staff are informed of a need for hightened vigilance around issues and related case practice requirements.

Safe Sleep Education
Safe Sleep Education outlines safe sleep guidelines and the Department’s expectations for all DHS and provider staff members working with parents and/or caregivers of infants. Our goal is to reduce infant deaths associated with unsafe sleep practices.

pdf.gif ActionAlert: Safe Sleep Education for DHS direct service providers and DHS-contracted direct service providers 

pdf.gif Safe Sleep Leave-behind Flyer for anyone who provides care to infants and children one year of age and younger

This ActionAlert is the result of a recommendation made by our Allegheny County Child Fatality/Near Fatality Review Team process, instituted in 2008 in response to the passage of Act 33 of 2008.

Related Information 

pdf.gif SIDS and Other Sleep-Related Infant Deaths: Expansion of Recommendations for a Safe Infant Sleeping Environment - Policy Statement
American Academy of Pediatrics Task Force on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, October 2011

pdf.gif SIDS and Other Sleep-Related Infant Deaths: Expansion of Recommendations for a Safe Infant Sleeping Environment - Technical Report
American Academy of Pediatrics Task Force on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, October 2011

 For more information, also see the lead article from the December 2009 issue of DHS NEWS, DHS staff contribute and learn as Review Team participants