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DHS News February 2014

Affordable Care Act Covers Youth Aging Out of Foster Care 

DHS has begun widely publicizing a new provision in The Affordable Care Act of 2010 that allows certain youth aging out of foster care to stay covered.

Help for the Humane Society 

AmeriCorps member Terri Winaught organized a DHS donation drive to benefit the Western PA Humane Society.

Help for Low-Income Prescription Drug Users 

The Pharmacy Benefit Program provides behavioral health medication to consumers with a behavioral health diagnosis, limited income, and no prescription coverage.

A Conferencing and Teaming Update 

DHS continues its rollout of Conferencing and Teaming as the standard practice model for intake of new cases in CYF and plans for its expansion to other populations.

Calendars Are Put to Good Reuse  

More than 500 DHS employees donated their 2013 wall calendars for use by residents at the Kane Regional Centers.

Kudos: Susan Sigafoos   

Caseworker Susan Sigafoos received kudos from a consumer for her professional assistance in an adoption process.

Kudos: Erin Biller and Paula Beisler 

An individual receiving services from DHS recently wrote to praise Erin Biller, Supervisor, and Paula Beisler, Diversion Specialist, both with Justice Related Services for the help they offered her.

Kudos: Susan Acquaro and Pat Bowser  

Susan Acquaro, Service Planning Manager in the Office of Intellectual Disability, and Pat Bowser, Quality Management Team Supervisor in the Office of Data Analysis, Research and Evaluation, received praise for their work assisting the state in implementing Adult Protective Services.

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