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DHS News April 2014

Safe Start promotes Screen Free Week and other awareness campaigns impacting children
Screen Free Week is May 5 – 11 and Safe Start is getting the word out.

DHS receives funding for internal child welfare professional development opportunity
DHS is launching a grant-funded Fellowship opportunity for professional development of CYF staff.

DHS Bureau of Drug and Alcohol implements “Recovery Oriented System of Care”
DHS is working to transform the way people with substance use disorders progress through recovery.

Trauma-Informed Care Trainings Yield Great Results
A recent survey shows high satisfaction among participants in recent Trauma-Informed Care trainings spearheaded by OBH.

Updated “Home Alone” Now Available
OCR has updated one of its most requested products, a guide to deciding when to leave children alone at home.

Caseworkers Honored for Excellence
Two CYF caseworkers were honored on April 11 at a Family Resources luncheon.

New Program Aims to Improve Homeless Supports  
A new homeless services and supports unit is improving connections between people who are homeless and the myriad services they might need.

Diffuse mistreatment with “One Kind Word”  
About 40 DHS employees recently attended a lunch time workshop on what do when witnessing potential child mistreatment in public.

Forums Scheduled to Answer Questions About Education Law  
DHS and the Education Law Center have partnered to present education forums at CYF Regional Office to discuss questions concerning educational rights.

National Director of AmeriCorps Visits Allegheny County  
Recently, Bill Basl, National Director of AmeriCorps visited some service projects here in Allegheny County.

Kudos: Raetone McKenzie and Tiffany Hadden 
Mon Valley Office caseworkers Raetone McKenzie and Tiffany Hadden received kudos from a provider who told Regional Office Director Denise Brown of their superior work.

Kudos: Kristen Armstrong 
Kristen Armstrong, homeless services and supports coordinator assigned to Womanspace East as part of a DHS new homeless program, has received kudos for her work.

Kudos: Allegheny County Drug Court 
The Allegheny County Drug Court recently received recertification by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.



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