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DHS News July 2013

The Child Welfare Demonstration Project
Pennsylvania recently launched the federal Child Welfare Demonstration Project, allowing the move away from linking the majority of federal funding to placements of children in foster care and other out-of-home settings. Instead, it permits funding methods that emphasize family engagement, comprehensive assessments, and quality interventions. 

Allegheny County Meets Ten-Year Homelessness Plan
The Homeless Alliance Advisory Board recently announced that it successfully met all of the goals of its 10-year plan earlier than expected.

OBH Helps Victims of Flooding
Crisis outreach workers from the Office of Behavioral Health went door to door in Bridgeville, Oakdale and Whitehall to assist county residents after heavy rain flooded the two communities in early July.

 New Housing Meets Needs in Uptown
The Mackey Lofts, a 43-unit apartment building in Uptown that contains 18 units for people with hearing or sight impairments, or mobility issues, was dedicated July 15 after work kickstarted by the Local Housing Options Task Force.

New Form Promotes Sharing Across DHS to Help Schoolchildren
A new “Consent to Release Educational Records” form helps improve education and well-being outcomes for DHS-served youth in area schools.

Independent Living Youth Get a Lesson in History
About 25 youth in the DHS Independent Living program and nine staff members traveled to Gettysburg for a tour of the battlefield and museums, participating in the 150th anniversary of the key Civil War battle.

Kudos: Brooke Rhodes
Brooke Rhodes, Community Integration Specialist in the Office of Behavioral Health, has garnered kudos for assisting in the complex case of a woman diagnosed with autism after her elderly mother had to be placed in a nursing home. 

Kudos: Ondréa Burton
Ondréa Burton, Events and Donations Team Manager in the Office of Community Relations, received a Supporters of the Village Award from the Alpha Alpha Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.



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