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 DHS News May 2011

pdf.gif May 2011 DHS Newsletter

Single Point of Accountability transforms OBH case management, earns national recognition
In Allegheny County, a case management transformation has taken place that changes how mental health services are coordinated. It’s a transformation that is receiving national recognition for its success.

SET recognizes Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day throughout May
Starting Early Together (SET), a program of the DHS Office of Behavioral Health (OBH), hosted and participated in several events and activities throughout the month of May in celebration of National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day on May 3.

DHS offers tax assistance to lower income individuals and families 
The DHS Office of Community Services (OCS) Bureaus of Outreach and Prevention and Family and Community Services sponsored a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site in the Human Services Building this past tax season. The VITA site helped complete and submit 85 tax returns that were accepted by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The total combined tax refunds of the accepted returns was $142,581.

Head Start kids receive 23 refurbished computers 
In an ongoing effort to strengthen early childhood education in Allegheny County, ComputeReach, a Pittsburgh-based humanitarian computer outreach organization, donated 23 refurbished Macintosh computers to the county’s Head Start program.

Project Prom organization impresses volunteer; Senior Celebration well received by attendees


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