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DHS News July 2010

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ARRA-CSBG-funded programs help many struggling through recession to achieve self-sufficiency
In September 2009, DHS announced that an additional $2.4 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) had been allocated to Allegheny County’s Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) grantee, the DHS Office of Community Services (OCS), to support working-age people who are struggling to overcome the financial effects of the national recession.

Managed Care Unit moves, changes name 
The DHS Office of Behavioral Health Managed Care Unit (MCU), created in 1999 to fulfill responsibilities associated with the implementation of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s HealthChoices Program, receives a new name, effective August 1- Health Enrollment Unit (HEU). The HEU will continue to operate from the DHS Office of Behavioral Health.

DHS AAA reached out to seniors during heat wave, encouraged residents to check in on elderly neighbors
Throughout July, as temperatures soared to 90 degrees and above, the DHS Area Agency on Aging and its contracted providers maintained contact with the approximately 800 frail, isolated and high-risk seniors who are registered for care management with the agency. Care managers were ready to respond to emergency needs and make sure that the seniors were safe and stable. In addition, through the AAA home delivered meals program, the people delivering meals paid special attention to the needs of the approximately 2,000 older persons receiving meals.

Music Festival celebrates 11th anniversary with homegrown Rusted Root
On Sunday, September 5, 2010, the Allegheny County Music Festival will be celebrating its 11th anniversary with a concert featuring Pittsburgh’s own Rusted Root. The concert, a great getaway for families on Labor Day weekend, is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.

DHS celebrates ADA anniversary with community forum, street festival
On Monday, July 26, DHS co-hosted a special celebration marking the 20th Anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The celebration featured a community forum in the Sheraton Station Square Hotel and a street festival in Bessemer Court at Station Square.

Willard Suitcase Exhibit bring a poignant view into fragile lives
The DHS Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) joins Mental Health America/Allegheny County and other community members to welcome The Lives They Left Behind – The Willard Suitcases Exhibit to the Frick Fine Arts Gallery at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Arts and Architecture throughout September.

General election candidates compete for laughs at third annual Comedy Night
On August 19, 2010, DHS will again bring together state and national candidates for political office for an evening of laughter at the Pittsburgh Improv.

Former foster child named FosterClub All-Star, thanks DHS Director for his support