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 DHS News March 2011

pdf.gif  March 2011 DHS Newsletter 

Choose your partner-caregiver carefully...your baby is counting on you
DHS is again working with Family Resources and Mercy Health Center: A Child’s Place at Mercy to recognize National Child Abuse Prevention Month (CAPM) with a campaign created to remind parents that choosing an appropriate caregiver for a child, including a care-giving partner, is one of the most important decisions a parent can make. 

OBH Assistant Deputy among three in Allegheny County to learn CIT model for correctional settings 
For five days in March, a team of representatives from the DHS Office of Behavioral Health (OBH), the Allegheny County Jail and a mental health advocate attended an all-expense paid training session in Aurora, Colorado hosted by the U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Corrections (NIC). 

SWES closes for the season, but not before helping many with longer term housing solutions 
During 63 nights of operation in the winter season of 2010-2011, the Severe Weather Emergency Shelter (SWES) housed an average of 88 homeless individuals per night (76 men and 12 women), providing a total of 568 homeless men and women with an escape from frigid and potentially deadly weather conditions.

Super Bowl wager fulfills ACMFF request for young woman in foster care
Thanks to a friendly Super Bowl wager between the two county executives of the hometowns of the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Allegheny County Music Festival Fund (ACMFF) was able to satisfy a request made to the Fund by a young woman in foster care.

New Education Liaison to keep communication flowing between DHS and schools 
In an effort to foster better communication and facilitate increased collaboration between human services and school systems in Allegheny County, DHS created an Education Liaison position. This position acts as a point-of-contact for internal education-related dialogue and for external partnerships with all 42 school districts in the County.

Art Institute contest winner donates 3,000 Pop-Tarts to Senior Celebration in the Park 
An Art Institute of Pittsburgh student who won one million Pop-Tarts through the Pop-Tarts Pop it Forward Contest is sharing his bounty with the 2011 Senior Celebration in the Park, an annual event organized by DHS Office of Community Relations (OCR) to engage and honor older County residents with information, activities, food and entertainment.

DHS Special Assistant to the Director honored with leadership award.

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
Assistant Deputy Director
Allegheny County Dept. of Human Services
Office of Community Relations