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DHS in the News Archive 2007 and Earlier


Innovative mental health court pulls services together 'Backbone' for mentally ill
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, December 31, 2007

Child abuse cases dwindling across state
Tribune-Review, December 30, 2007 

Assisted living enabling seniors to stay independent
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, December 30, 2007

On the Mend: Region's nursing homes becoming far more livable
First of a two part series

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, December 30, 2007

Helpful Web sites; Helpful phone numbers 

Elderly living longer, healthier lives
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, December 27, 2007

Allegheny County gets $12.6M grant to aid the homeless
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, December 27, 2007

Taking in nephews stretched her budget thin
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, December 14, 2007

Spring Hill stabbing victim was watching children
Tribune-Review, December 11, 2007

Preteen perfects art of holiday giving
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, December 7, 2007
note: There are currently 8,359 children involved with CYF, 2,211 of which are in out of home placement and 1,872 of which are in foster care. 

Fostering Better Foster Care
Hartford Courant, December 6, 2007

State officials want reports on former mental health patients
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, December 5, 2007

pdf.gif "The Bus" Stops at the CYF Holiday Project (page 14)
Pittsburgh Senior News, December 2007

Assistance 'CRISIS' Program
North Hills Monthly Magazine, Health and Wellness Section, December 2007


Hill residents’ behavioral issues targeted
New Pittsburgh Courier, November 29, 2007

Living in the Homes of Strangers: Foster Care Reform Should Focus on Family
The Women's International Persepctive, November 29, 2007

Business owner fights 'halfway house'
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, November 26, 2007

Boyfriends of moms may put tots at risk
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, November 23, 2007

County collects presents for kids
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, November 23, 2007

UPMC taking heat over home for offenders
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, November 22, 2007

Families celebrate Adoption Day
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, November 18, 2007

Bus Stops Here Foundation Holiday Book Drive VIDEO
WPXI, November 16, 2007

Hill ministers forge mental health plan
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, November 16, 2007

Swissvale officials want to meet with Onorato over housing issue
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, November 15, 2007

Students discuss local government
The Tartan, November 12, 2007

Elderly choose independence
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, November 11, 2007

National Adoption Day
KDKA Sunday Business Page, November 11, 2007

Circle C program to help youths move to adulthood
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, November 9, 2007

Business picks up for transportation firms that carry elderly
Pittsburgh Business Times, November 9, 2007

Declarations of independence
Need for assisted living facilities is growing with aging population

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, November 8, 2007

LIHEAP Program Begins
KDKA, November 5, 1007

Low income energy program to begin Monday
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, November 2, 2007


Council Wants To Curb Violence Among County Youth
KDKA, October 23, 2007

At-risk youths lead from "corner to coroner"
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, October 21, 2007

Juveniles committing horrific crimes
Tribune-Review, October 14, 2007

County shows progress against homelessness, officials say
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, October 4, 2007

Hundreds of homeless find shelter in Allegheny County
Tribune-Review, October 4, 2007

Helping elderly stay home new focus of care
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, October 1, 2007

pdf.gif Support System in Place for People with Mental Retardation (page 483)
Allegheny County Medical Society Bulletin, October 2007

pdf.gif When you lock up prisoners, you also lock up dollars
Human Services Policy Committee of the Universiy of Pittsburgh Institute of Politics Fact Sheet, October 2007


Pitt's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs Will Celebrate 10th Anniversary of Allegheny County's Department of Human Services With Sept. 28 Seminar
News From Pitt, September 14, 2007

pdf.gif Mental Health Court Provides Offenders an Alternative to Traditional Incarceration
Journal of The Allegheny County Bar Association, September 14, 2007, pp. 4 and 10.

Conferees to share stories of mental illness recovery
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, September 10, 2007


Girl Charged In Dad's Death Now In County Custody, To Be Treated
WTAE, August 30, 2007

State to close Mayview in '08
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, August 16, 2007

State to close Mayview Hospital
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, August 16, 2007

Special needs child, sister find a loving home
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, August 12, 2007

Students rally to 'Silence the Violence'
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, August 11, 2007

Project Prom store opens at Century III Mall
Tribune-Review, August 9, 2007

Pittsburgh Area Residents Try To Beat The Heat
KDKA, August 9, 2007

Newsmaker: Dr. Diego Chaves-Gnecco
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, August 7, 2007

Government Officials Join Goodwill to Mark Recycling of 1 Million Pounds of Computer Salvage Materials
EarthTimes, August 7, 2007

Hours extended again at Allegheny County senior centers
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, August 6, 2007

Sunday Forum: Sex offenders among us
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Marc Cherna, August 5, 2007

We investigate and act on every abuse allegation
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Marc Cherna, August 3, 2007

Allegheny County senior centers extend hours
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, August 1, 2007

JULY 2007

Asides: On faux Steelers, cats and dogs, and helping children
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 29, 2007

Allegheny County public defender lends aid down south
Tribune-Review, July 28, 2007

Child welfare agency in county draws national praise
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 26, 2007

Art: Seeing the city: Festival Sounds
Tribune-Review, July 26, 2007

Counts of homeless low, critics say
Valley News Dispatch, July 15, 2007

DHS Monitoring Children
Make sure they're safe

Philadelphia Inquirer, July 8, 2007

Police get training in how to handle the mentally ill
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 3, 2007

JUNE 2007

Allegheny County official disputes foster care claims
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, June 30, 2007

State could owe $800 million for foster care
The Patriot News, June 29, 2007

Wandering boy from Mt. Washington reunited with parents
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, June 28, 2007

Toddler Found Wandering Mt. Washington Streets
Mom Says She Was Asleep

WPXI, June 23, 2007

Summer jobs program for at-risk youth expands
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, June 22, 2007

'At risk' youth at work in Pittsburgh neighborhoods
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, June 21, 2007

'Bridge' lifts foster children
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, June 19, 2007

County human services agency seeks input
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, June 14, 2007

Pittsburgh food bank honors dedicated supporters
Pittsburgh Tribune Review, June 6, 2007

Merger mania trickles down to charities
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, June 6, 2007

The hunger to help those in need in Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, June 5, 2007

pdf.gif Recovery, the ACCR, Un-Dependence Day and Mobilizing the Population (page 290)
Allegheny County Medical Society, June 2007

MAY 2007

AmeriCorps plans festival in Homestead to raise money for funds
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, May 17, 2007

Options push for staying put and staying out of nursing homes
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 16, 2007

Caregivers of older adults can use some help, too
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 16, 2007

State gets funds to return disabled, aging to community $94 million coming from Washington over five years
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 15, 2007

Program to steer mentally ill to treatment, not jail
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, May 9, 2007

What comes with old age?
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, May 6, 2007

The killing streets: Counter the carnage
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, May 5, 2007

Hilltop Community Children’s Center introduces Early System of Care Initiative
South Pittsburgh Reporter, May 1, 2007

APRIL 2007

Vigil remembers murder victims
New Pittsburgh Courier, April 26, 2007

Ex-addicts hope to spark dialogue
Tribune-Review, April 24, 2007

County’s mental health court proves to be good investment
County News, April 23, 2007

Help sought for SummerFood program
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 16, 2007

Conference offers help to returning war veterans        
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 12, 2007  

Veterans Conference Offers Help For Local Soldiers
KDKA, April 11, 2007

Information about returning veterans medical services
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 10, 2007

Allegheny County youths honored PHOTO
Tribune-Review, April 10, 2007

Nonprofits in Western Pa. help seniors stay home
Tribune-Review, April 8, 2007

Group enables students to attend school proms
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 7, 2007

Project Prom makes dance dreams come true
Tribune-Review, April 5, 2007

Team hits the road to deal with mental health emergencies
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 4, 2007

pdf.gif Mental Health Services for Youth and Children (page 195)
Allegheny County Medical Society, April 2007

MARCH 2007

Need for assisted-living facilities grows in region
Tribune-Review, March 29, 2007

Lawmakers tout mental health coverage
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, March 13, 2007

Program helps put students in their proms
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, March 5, 2007

Allegheny County Mental Health Court lauded
Tribune Review, March 2, 2007

Mental Health Court cost-saving alternative to jail
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, March 1, 2007

Mental Health Courts Have Potential to Save Taxpayers Money, Rand Study for Council of State Governments Justice Center Finds
AScribe, March 1, 2007

Study: Mental health courts save money
United Press International®, March 1, 2007


Experts and advocates re-evaluate value of shelters for homeless people, say homes are a better, cheaper solution
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, February 11, 2007

YEAR 2006

Couples open hearts and homes to adopt children
Tribune Review, November 19, 2006

Love expands families
Tribune Review, November 18, 2006

Adoption: An unconditional love story
Tribune Review, November 18, 2006

2006 InfoWorld 100 Awards: Government
 Allegheny County Department of Human Services - Distributed Database of Human Service Programs
Issue 46, November 13, 2006

Progress seen in plan to end homelessness
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, October 19, 2006

pdf.gif National Family Preservation Network Monograph on An Effective Child Welfare System
October, 2006

Katrina evacuees still here help and support each other
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, March 06, 2006

County official honored with national human services award
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, February 24, 2006

YEAR 2005

Sperling's BestPlaces names Pittsburgh #4 Best City for Seniors
July 10, 2005

Allegheny County State Forensic Support Services is finalist for Government "Oscar."
July, 2005

pdf.gif County kids among safest in the country
New Pittsburgh Courier, June 1-5, 2005

pdf.gif Eighteen Pioneering Initiatives Recognized for Government "Oscar"
USA Today, May 9, 2005

ABC World News Tonight with Peter Jennings
Rise in Child Abuse Called National 'Epidemic,'
Reports airing April 25, and April 26, 2005.

YEAR 2004

pdf.gif Repaving the Long Road Out of Prison
New York Times, May 4, 2004
The article reviews the successes of the Allegheny County Mental Health Court and how the associated services have reduced re-entry rates (recidivism) of defendants recovering from mental illness.

pdf.gif PA Success a Guide for DYFS Plan
Philadelphia Inquirer, Sunday, February 22, 2004
The article compares a new plan to improve the New Jersey Child Welfare system to the "national model" CYF plan implemented in Allegheny County since 1998.

pdf.gif A Spirit of Collaboration - A conversation with Marc Cherna
Policy and Practice, American Public Human Services Association, June 2004

YEAR 2003

Paula Zahn NOW
Transcripts from November 6, 2003.
In a segment examining the New Jersey starvation case involving four juveniles, Richard Wexler, the director of the National Coalition for Child Protection, suggested that child welfare advocates who want a model of a successful program should review that of Allegheny County because it has "slashed the foster care populations" and achieved "better safety outcomes" by "emphasizing family preservation." He then commends Allegheny County for focusing on families.

pdf.gif Special Report - Workforce Issues
Mental Health Weekly, Vol. 13, No. 16, April 22, 2003
A close examination of the unique qualities of the Community Connections for Families (CCF) program in Pittsburgh's Hill District - and why it works.

pdf.gif When the Mask Slips
PBS - FRONTLINE, January 2003
Richard Wexler, executive director of the National Coalition for Child Protection Reform (NCCPR) in Alexandria, Va., says that children languish in foster care because child welfare agencies do far too little to keep families together. He says that the system, in fact, often fails to mask what he calls its "pervasive indifference, even hostility" to families.

YEAR 2002

pdf.gif CNN NEWSNIGHT with Aaron Brown
August 14, 2002
CNN Correspondant Beth Nissen examines the turn-around in Allegheny County's child welfare system since 1998; from being a "national disgrace" to being a "shining national model".

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