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 DHS News April 2011

pdf.gif April 2011 DHS Newsletter 

CSBG funding used to quickly and effectively address community needs
In 2010, with the aid of more than $1.5 million provided by the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG), DHS and provider organizations were able to make a positive impact on many low-income and vulnerable individuals and families in Allegheny County.

Highly praised supervisory trainings continue, set to extend to purchased personnel 
The DHS Office of Administrative and Information Management Services (AIMS) Bureau of Human Resources has started to roll out a series of training modules to help supervisors in DHS learn pertinent information and skills to help make their supervisory roles more fruitful and effective.

Understanding Family and Medical Leave Act 
The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is a benefit provided to all DHS employees by law, but is often overlooked until it is needed. Worse, though, is that some staff who could benefit from the federal program don’t.

One young lady helps others get ready for prom while she waits her turn 
More than 1,500 formal dresses were donated to Project Prom this year, providing more than 220 young ladies with an ample selection of gowns to choose from during a three-day prom dress giveaway in late March.

OBH offering new workshops to promote integration of physical and mental health services 
The DHS Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) is offering new workshops as a part of its efforts to promote the integration of physical and mental health services.

Project Prom continues giving after giveaway event 
In addition to the 220 young ladies who received dresses directly through the Project Prom Gown Giveaway and the 30 young men who received vouchers for tuxedo rentals, more requests continue to come in.

KEYS Service Corps named Dignity & Respect champion 
Each month a new Dignity & Respect Champion is named by the Dignity & Respect campaign. Typically, the honoree is an individual, but this month marks the first time the Dignity & Respect campaign is honoring a group, naming the Knowledge to Empower Youth to Success (KEYS) Service Corps AmeriCorps program in the DHS Office of Community Services (OCS) as April’s Dignity & Respect Champion.

CYF Deputy Director honored by Wesley Spectrum Services; CAPM concludes with DHS in the spotlight at Family Resources benefit; Four CYF staff members honored; OBH Drug & Alcohol Services administrator makes Courier’s Fab 40; OBH Justice Related Services employee recognized as ‘top-notch’; CYF contributions to Moms & Cops honored by City Council;

We welcome your story ideas, employee news and comments. If you’ve got news you’d like to see in DHS NEWS, contact:

Jonathan McKain
Assistant Deputy Director
Allegheny County Dept. of Human Services
Office of Community Relations