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DHS News January 2011

pdf.gif January 2011 DHS Newsletter 

New Integrated Service Planning Process to benefit youth aging out of CYF
In early spring 2011, following a year of planning, DHS will introduce the Integrated Service Planning Process, replacing the former County Interagency Review Process, demonstrating again how DHS continues to integrate services across program offices.

Wrapping up the DHS Holiday Project
Thanks to the generous donations of many businesses and individuals this past holiday season, the 2010 DHS Holiday Project provided 3,431 children with a gift. In all, the value of the donations totaled approximately $307,000.

DHS Assist houses support materials for DHS-specific computer applications
In 2008, DHS Assist was created as an online resource for staff to access support information about DHS-specific computer applications, including user guides, quick reference guides, training documents and release notes.

DHS Holiday Project, Independent Living Initiative share generous gift donations
This holiday season, Susan Gove, CEO of the Gove Group, a Pittsburgh-based consulting firm, and member of the CYF Advisory Board, made significant holiday donations to both the DHS Holiday Project and the Independent Living Initiative – contributions that are illustrative of the generosity of all who have given and participated in making the holidays a little brighter for the children served by DHS.

Immediate action saves life of AIMS Assistant Deputy Director
Last month, DHS employees in the Office of Administrative and Information Management Services (AIMS) acted quickly to help save the life of fellow employee and Assistant Deputy Director Rich Karas.

AAA crafts emergency response plan based on lessons learned
The snowstorm of the decade, predictions of widespread flooding, an international event downtown, and a fire in a senior high-rise! The 2009-2010 program year was one in which emergencies and other disruptive events tested the response capabilities of the DHS Area Agency on Aging (AAA) and its providers as well as the DHS Emergency Response Committee.

OBH and partners advance in initiative to increase awareness of Mental Health Advance Directives
Since the summer of 2009, the DHS Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) and partner organizations have been making great strides in the initiative to educate consumers and mental health care providers about Mental Health Advance Directives.

CYF caseworker commended for dedication; DHS Director recognized with Community Hero Award

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Jonathan McKain
Senior Communications Specialist
Allegheny County Dept. of Human Services
Office of Community Relations