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February 10, 2015, Allegheny County Partners with International Research Team to Improve Human Services Delivery Through Predictive Analytics 
Allegheny County is partnering with an international team of researchers to develop predictive models to support child welfare worker decision making. The team is led by Professor Rhema Vaithianathan from Auckland University of Technology (Auckland, New Zealand). The arrangement is made possible through a technology improvement grant from the Richard King Mellon Foundation, announced in September. 
January 27, 2015, $15.5 Million in Efforts to Reduce Homelessness
The funding, to be utilized by the Department of Human Services, is intended to assist in its efforts to reduce homelessness.

January 8th, 2015, 
County Employees Participate in Transition Committees; Promotions Announced
Several Allegheny County employees have been honored with their inclusion as members of Governor-elect Wolf Transition Committees
December 30, 2014, Boyce Park to Host Kids Winter Safety Weekend & Mini-Junior Olympics
Boyce Park Ski Slopes will host Kids Winter Safety Weekend on Saturday, January 3, and Sunday, January 4. All kids ages 17 and under will receive free helmet rentals both days.
December 29, 2014, Commission Submits Recommendations to Executive on Preventing Violence and Promoting Community Mental Health in Allegheny County
The 24-member Commission was charged with a mission of reducing violence and promoting positive mental health and community well-being in Allegheny County.
December 17, 2014, City and Pitt to Build Joint Information Infrastructure with Assistance from RK Mellon Foundation
The city and county will create a Government Solutions Engineering team of data experts to seek ways to spur local government modernization and supply data-driven management tools to government leaders. 
December 10, 2014 North Park Ice Rink to Host Donate-n-Skate
Each person who brings an unwrapped toy or gift for a child age 17 & under will have their admission fee waived (skate rental fees apply). All toys and gifts collected will be donated to the Allegheny County Department of Human Services Holiday Project, which provides holiday gifts to children and youth receiving services through the county’s child welfare system.   
November 24, 2014 Uninsured Residents Urged to Get Info, Enroll During Open Enrollment Period
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released new data to provide tools and information to consumers as they review 2015 health insurance plan information 

October 16, 2014 Spiritual, Behavioral Health Leaders to Train on Supporting Military, Veterans
The purpose of the conference is to help care providers and the spiritual community better understand some of the physical and behavioral health issues associated with reintegration in the community.
October 9, 2014 October 9 is National Depression Screening Day
Today, in recognition of National Depression Screening Day (NDSD), the Allegheny County Department of Human Services (DHS) is encouraging adults to take a free, self-administered, online screening for depression to help assess their risk for mood and anxiety disorders.

October 6, 2014 
Urban Institute Evaluation of Jail Collaborative Programs Shows Strong & Credible Evidence that County’s Reentry Programs Reduce Recidivism
Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and members of the Allegheny County Jail Collaborative joined together today with researchers from the Urban Institute’s Justice Policy Center to release an evaluation of the County’s Reentry Programs  
October 1, 2014 DHS Accepting Dollar Energy Fund Applications Downtown  
The Dollar Energy Fund is a non-profit program that helps to pay heating bills for qualifying individuals and families whose household incomes do not exceed 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.

September 23, 2014 DHS Launches "Use Your Words" Campaign to Promote Importance of Talking to Babies  
The Allegheny County Department of Human Services (DHS) today launched an education campaign to spread the message that talking to babies and young children is one of the best things people can do to nurture development. 

August 26, 2014 Allegheny County to Host Live Twitter Chat with Rusted Root on August 28  
Allegheny County will host a live Twitter chat from 7:00 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 28, with Pittsburgh’s own Rusted Root, who will headline the 15th Annual Allegheny County Music Festival at the Hartwood Acres Park Amphitheater on Sunday, August 31.  

August 13, 2014 Candidates Display Hidden Talents to Benefit Children and Youth
This evening, local and state candidates along with special guests earned big laughs from a standing-room-only crowd at Candidates’ Comedy Night 2014 (CCN) while raising money for the Allegheny County Music Festival Fund. The event was held at the Pittsburgh Improv in Homestead. 

August 4, 2014 Free Education Series for Family Caregivers
The Allegheny County Department of Human Services Area Agency on Aging (AAA) is offering a series of free family caregiver trainings for caregivers of older adults

July 17, 2014 Allegheny County Music Festival to Benefit Children and Youth  
The 15th annual Allegheny County Music Festival, featuring Rusted Root and several local bands, will be held August 31 at the amphitheater in Hartwood Acres Park in Hampton. Opening acts begin at 5:00 p.m. and Rusted Root will take the stage at 7:30 p.m.

June 6, 2014  Department of Human Services Area Agency on Aging Public Hearing June 13
The Advisory Council of the Allegheny County Department of Human Services, Area Agency on Aging (AAA) will hold a public hearing on Friday, June 13, 2014 at 10:30 a.m., at 2100 Wharton Street, second floor, Frick Conference Room. The purpose of the hearing is to solicit public comment on the 2014-2015 Budget Prospectus.

June 5, 2014  "We Rock Workshop" Concert to Benefit Allegheny County Music Festival Fund
On Monday June 9, 2014, the Allegheny County Department of Human Services (DHS) and Creative.Life.Support, the non-profit arm of Mr. Smalls Funhouse, are sponsoring a concert at Mr. Smalls Theatre in Millvale to raise funds for the Allegheny County Music Festival Fund. Youth involved with DHS, including current and former foster youth, will show off musical abilities honed through their participation in the "We Rock Workshop."

June 4, 2014  DHS SummerFood Program to Open on June 9
Starting June 9 through August 15, 2014, the Allegheny County Department of Human Services will operate the SummerFood program, a free breakfast, lunch and recreation program for children through 18 years old, as well as eligible individuals with disabilities, no age limit. 

June 3, 2014  Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program Checks Available June 17
Allegheny County Department of Human Services Area Agency on Aging (AAA) will again be administering the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program. This program assists eligible older adults in purchasing fresh fruits and vegetables by providing a set of four checks for a total of $20. 

May 1, 2014 Fitzgerald Designates May as Older Americans Month, Announces Activities 
Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald today designated the month of May as “Older Americans Month” in Allegheny County and released a list of activities planned in senior centers throughout the county to celebrate the month. 

April 17, 2014  Allegheny County Recipient of Two Governor’s Awards for Excellence 
Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald announced today that Allegheny County and the Allegheny County Economic Development Department were recognized earlier this week as recipients of the Governor’s Award for Local Government Excellence in the categories of information technology and promoting community/economic revitalization. The awards were presented at a ceremony in Harrisburg on April 15, 2014. 

April 11, 2014 Fitzgerald Announces $14.3 Million HUD Grant to Combat Homelessness
Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald today announced that the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) has awarded a $14.3 million Continuum of Care grant to the County’s Department of Human Services to assist in its efforts to reduce homelessness.

February 21, 2014 Project Prom and Project Prom for Gentlemen Dates Set
The Allegheny County Department of Human Services (DHS) annual Project Prom giveaway of prom attire to eligible high school students begins on Saturday, March 15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Project Prom Shop in Century III Mall, West Mifflin. The giveaway continues March 17 through 20, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

January 22, 2014 Casey Family Programs Honors Department of Human Services Director Marc Cherna With Lifetime Achievement Award
Allegheny County announced today that Department of Human Services Director Marc Cherna has been chosen to receive the Casey Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Child Welfare Leadership from Casey Family Programs. The award recognizes leaders who have made a substantial contribution to the field of child welfare and have helped to improve the lives of children and families whom they serve. 

January 2, 2014 Allegheny County Offers Tips & Information in Advance of Extreme Cold Weather
With extreme cold weather in the forecast in the coming days, the Allegheny Departments of Emergency Services, Human Services and Health offer the following tips and information on how to prepare for the extreme cold, deal with it once here, and what you can do afterward: