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 DHS News August 2011

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Foster youth help raise funds for ACMFF by performing at three DHS events
Students from the We Rock Workshop have shared their talents at a variety of events throughout the summer, with the final event to be this year’s Allegheny County Music Festival on Sunday, Sept. 4 at Hartwood Acres Park

DHS, Juvenile Probation hold hearing on Needs-Based Plan and Budget
On Wednesday, Aug. 3, families and providers shared comments regarding the 2012-2013 Office of Children, Youth and Families and Juvenile Probation Needs-Based Plan and Budget (NBPB).

EARN offices partner with Cricket Wireless for jobs, phones
The Wilkinsburg and Pittsburgh EARN offices have recently made a new partnership with Cricket Wireless, further supporting the program’s efforts in helping Allegheny County residents reach self-sufficiency.

DHS Director testifies before PA Senate Committee about definition of child abuse
On Friday, Aug. 26, DHS Director Marc Cherna testified before the Pennsylvania Senate Committee on Aging and Youth regarding Senate Bill 753, which seeks to expand the definition of child abuse to include mothers of children who test positive at birth for a controlled substance.

2-1-1 is coming to southwestern Pennsylvania
Human services information and referral service phone line, 2-1-1, soft launched this summer in southwestern Pennsylvania, providing an easy way for residents to get connected to Emergency Homeowners’ Loan Program (EHLP) funding, as well as to other vital human services.

Candidates raise $37,500 for kids at Comedy Night
On Thursday, August 18, the Improv at the Waterfront in Homestead played host to a different kind of crowd. That night, patrons enjoyed laughs compliments of political candidates performing for the 4th annual Candidates’ Comedy Night, an event organized by DHS to benefit the Allegheny County Music Festival Fund (ACMFF).

AIMS staff honored with Dignity and Respect Champion Award; Two OBH staff recognized for ‘positive impact’

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