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DHS News April 2013

Conferencing and Teaming: Inside the Process
DHS has previously acknowledged that Conferencing and Teaming will be implemented as a common practice across all human services areas. But what does a Conferencing and Teaming actually look like?

Money In Your Pocket
DHS participation in a federal tax filing assistance program helps low- and moderate-income families keep more of their money.

Reducing Stigma to Encourage Treatment
A DHS Office of Behavioral Health committee is working to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness so more people will seek the treatment they need.

Project Prom for Gentlemen
The Event and Donations Team at the Office of Community Relations gives teen DHS clients a tutorial in how to navigate prom night.

Conferencing and Teaming Institute Established
The DHS Conferencing and Teaming Institute launched with a celebration on April 1.

2-1-1 Use is on the Rise
Statistics are showing that PA 2-1-1 Southwest is drawing people by the thousands to DHS, its providers and other helping agencies. 

“Choose Your Partner/Caregiver carefully….Your Baby is Counting on You”
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time to promote community awareness around the prevention of child abuse and neglect.  

Human Services Building Shines a Light on Autism 
With help from Integration Specialist Terri Reighard, the Human Services Building helps build autism awareness.

Kudos: Robin Orlando
Robin Orlando earned praised for her quick work in finalizing language to be used in assessment process documents that are key to the department’s continuing integration of services.

Kudos: Wanda Beasley 
Wanda Beasley, caseworker for the Office of Children, Youth and Families, has been selected to receive the Community Service Award at the upcoming Family Resources Child Abuse Prevention Month Awards Benefit.


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