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DHS News December 2010

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DHS Director Marc Cherna participates in homelessness roundtable discussion, offers updates to 10-year plan
On Monday, November 15, DHS Director Marc Cherna participated in the Legislative Roundtable to End Homelessness in Allegheny County at Duquesne University to discuss the progress of the County’s 10-year plan to eliminate homelessness.

MIYP calling out for volunteers, IRS no longer mailing paper income tax packets 
The Allegheny County Money In Your Pocket (MIYP) Coalition is now recruiting volunteers to help income-eligible wage-earners during the 2011 tax season.

DHS, Children’s Court celebrate permanency for 50 children 
The mission of the DHS Office of Children, Youth and Families (CYF) is to assure permanency, that is, to provide permanent, safe homes for children, either by assuring safety within the child’s own family or by finding an adoptive home or another permanent setting for those children who cannot be reunified with their family.

OCR, OCS and AAA work together to bring holiday cheer to sheltered homeless 
Determined not to repeat last year's scramble to brighten the Severe Weather Emergency Shelter (SWES with a decorated holiday tree, DHS staff began the task earlier this season and utilized a resource that has proven valuable in many situations in the past.

DHS providers, partners working to get 1 million books to kids 
DHS has engaged its contracted providers to help get a million books into the hands of a million children for the Consortium for Public Education’s “The Fifth Food Group: Food for the Mind” program.

New on the DHS Website: Interactive Maps to DHS Program and Service Locations 
Since April 2010, the DHS website has been enhanced with new features, pages and sections. Some of the enhancements may be of use primarily for those who utilize DHS services while others may be of interest to DHS staff. Still others are directed to DHS-contracted providers. Each is intended to make the DHS website more useful and user-friendly.

DHS helps identify children to attend annual Pirates holiday party 
Each year the Pittsburgh Pirates host a holiday party in December and partner with DHS to invite children from the community. This year, students from the Urban League of Pittsburgh Charter School, a partner of DHS, were invited to the December 4 festivities.

DHS Office of Intellectual Disability added to increase in capacity for waivers through careful planning 
The DHS Office of Intellectual Disability (OID) was granted capacity by the Commonwealth to serve 64 high school graduates through the Person/Family Directed Support (P/FDS) Waiver for the 2009-2010 fiscal year, 10 more than the previous fiscal year.

KUDOS 
AAA caseworkers represent DHS well


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
Senior Communications Specialist
Allegheny County Dept. of Human Services
Office of Community Relations
412-350-3439
Jonathan.McKain@AlleghenyCounty.us