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DHS in the News Archive 2012

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December

40-year champion for at-risk children in Pittsburgh area retiring
Pitttsburgh Post-Gazette, December 31, 2012

Advocate Walker, who retires today, served children of parents in jail
Pitttsburgh Tribune-Review, December 30, 2012

Low-cost option: The state should work to keep frail elderly at home
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, December 27, 2012

pdf.gif Youth Support Partners: Building Trust and Improving Service Delivery for Youth
Locally Speaking - Policy and Practice, December 2012

Winter Shelter for the Homeless
WESA 90.5 FM, December 20, 2012

Pa. would take $300 million hit if fiscal cliff talks fail
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, December 12, 2012

Foster care population declines in Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, December 12, 2012

Players open their hearts at the holidays
Steelers.com, December 11, 2012

A permanent home for the holidays through adoption
New Pittsburgh Courier, December 5, 2012

November

Children's agency, Goodfellows team up
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, November 30, 2012

Allegheny courthouse concert series to feature school choirs, orchestras
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, November 29, 2012

Helping Children
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, November 28, 2012
Editorial by Scott Hollander, KidsVoice Executive Director

Community corrections center Renewal steers ex-convicts to homes, jobs
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, November 22 (23), 2012

County project helps children in need
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, November 19, 2012

42 children adopted in Western Pa. in special ‘National Adoption Day’ event
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, November 17, 2012

National Adoption Day: Dozens given a fresh start at Allegheny County Children's Court event
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, November 17, 2012

Growing Interest: Outreach program gets kids into farming
Pittsburgh City Paper, November 14, 2012

Western Pa. agencies take on all aspects of Aging
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, November 14, 2012

Music Festival Helps Fund Children Services
NACo County News, Vol. 44, No. 21, November 5, 2012

Allegheny County Plans Annual Gift Drive to Benefit Children & Youth
North Allegheny Patch, November 1, 2012
Note: also published in the Moon Patch, Sewickley Patch and Pine-Richland Patch

October

Newsmaker: Lucille Underwood
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, October 31, 2012

Local Communities Open Emergency Storm Shelters
KDKA – 2, October 29, 2012

Local authorities brace for Super storm impact; Watches, warnings in effect
WPXI – 11, October 29, 2012

Government and Nonprofits Offer Local Storm Help
90.5 WESA FM, October 29, 2012

Superstorm isn’t done with Pennsylvania yet
WTAE – 4, October 29, 2012

County Jail Gets $1.2 Million to Reduce Return Customers
90.5 WESA-FM, October 28, 2012

Pittsburgh Child Guidance Foundation addresses issues, solutions for children of incarcerated parents
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, October 26, 2012 

Jail gets federal funds for anti-recidivism efforts
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, October 26, 2012 

Allegheny County gets $980,000 to help end hospital readmissions
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, October 26,2012

Pittsburgh foundation gains new awareness for children of inmates
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, October 26, 2012

PDF Icon Family Resource Guide, Community Notes
Medical Society Bulletin, October 2012, page 423, 6.7 MB

Laughs for kids at Candidates’ Comedy Night
New Pittsburgh Courier, October 12, 2012

It's time to assess Medicare benefits
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, October 12, 2012

Human services chief Cherna specializes in solutions
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, October 8, 2012

Care Home Company Under Scrutiny After Arson, Robberies
CBS Pittsburgh, October 2, 2012 

Street Robbery Suspects Lived In Oakland Halfway House
CBS Pittsburgh, October 1, 2012

Lemington center looks to increase number of seniors
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, October 1, 2012

September

PDF Icon A Link to Allegheny County Aging and Disability Resources
(8 MB, page 403)
Allegheny County Medical Society Bulletin, September 2012

Young Homeless Children Step Out of the Shadows
OCD, University of Pittsburgh, September, 2012

Ravenstahl welcomes 160 new AmeriCorps volunteers
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, September 28, 2012

Allegheny, Butler, Beaver and Greene Get DPW Block Grants
WESA Radio, September 28, 2012

Missing 5-month-old safe; mother in police custody
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, September 26, 2012

5-Month-Old Baby Found Safe, Mother Faces Charges
CBS Pittsburgh, September 26, 2012

Red Cross Honors 171st Air Refueling Wings' Krall
Robinson-Moon Patch, September 21, 2012

Census data show poverty on rise in Allegheny County
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, September 20, 2012

Free clinic kicks off flu shot season
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, September 18, 2012

Allegheny County may increase, simplify mortgage and deed filing fees
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, September 17, 2012

Allegheny County Department Of Human Services, Area Agency On Aging; Northern Area Multi-Service Center; And Allegheny County Health Department Urge All Pittsburgh Residents To Get Their Flu Vaccination
PR Newswire, September 17, 2012

One Vision One Life killed
New Pittsburgh Courier, September 5, 2012

August

Childwise: What if Your Child is the Victim of Sexual Abuse?
Pittsburgh Healthcare Report, August 30, 2012

Private firm to probe claims of abuse by Pittsburgh Public Schools police officer
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, August 30, 2012

Photos: Weather Cooperates for Allegheny County Music Festival
Upper St. Clair Patch, August 27, 2012

Allegheny Among Counties Being Considered for State Block Grants
WESA – FM Radio 90.5, August 27, 2012

Families United Celebration Video
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, August 25, 2012

County applies for general block grant funds
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, August 25, 2012

Performer Helps Young Musicians Through Education, Fundraising
Sewickley Patch, August 24, 2012

Addiction center set to open in Beaver County
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, August 21, 2012

Politicians Put the Fun in Fundraiser at Candidates' Comedy Night
Sewickley Patch, August 17, 2012
Note: also published in the Forest Hills-Regent Square Patch and Chartiers Valley Patch

Candidates' Comedy Night Comes to Improv Aug. 16
Peters Patch, August 10, 2012
Note: also published in the Upper St. Clair Patch, Forest Hills-Regent Square Patch, Baldwin-Whitehall Patch and Sewickley Patch 

Allegheny County’s summer slayings confound police
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, August 10, 2012

Anti-violence group broke, closes
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, August 9, 2012 

Victim advocacy groups struggle with tight budgets
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, August 8, 2012

Project STAR center offers better space for family visitation
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, August 3, 2012

Funding Parent Representation is a Priority in Pennsylvania County
American Bar Association, August (Vol 31 No 8), 2012

PDF Icon My Child Has an Addiction Problem and Refuses Treatment - What Can I Do?
(7.8 MB, page 358)
Allegheny County Medical Society Bulletin, August 2012

July

Lottery ticket sales jump 8.5 percent
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, July 31, 2012

Speech services to assist refugees
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, July 21, 2012

Heat Advisory Issued for Pittsburgh Area
Upper St. Clair Patch, July 17, 2012

Fundraisers Scheduled to Benefit Children and Youth in Allegheny County
Upper St. Clair Patch, July 16, 2012
Note: also published in the Sewickley Patch and Pittsburgh Urban Media 

Mom accused of leaving 10 kids alone with drugs on table talks to Channel 11
WPXI Pittsburgh, July 16, 2012 

Mother facing drug, 11 child endangerment charges
WTAE Pittsburgh, July 16, 2012

Senior centers stay open late today due to extreme heat
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 12, 2012

Heat Advisories Issued for Plum-Oakmont Area on Friday, Saturday
Plum-Oakmont Patch, July 6, 2012

Sen. Vince Hughes presses for welfare program's renewal
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 3, 2012 

Budget enacted: A mixed bag of spending meets the deadline
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 3, 2012

NEED names new leaders
New Pittsburgh Courier, July 3, 2012

In last-minute frenzy, Pennsylvania’s Governor Corbett claims legislation, budget victories
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, July 2, 2012

Governor Corbett signs new state budget
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 1, 2012

PDF Icon DHS Clarifies its Role and Functions in the Involuntary Civil Commitment Process
(7.8 MB, page 300)
Allegheny County Medical Society Bulletin, July 2012

June

20 counties could receive human service block grants 
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, June 30, 2012

Sheraden mother faces child endangerment charges 
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, June 30, 2012

Disastrous cutbacks 
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, June 30, 2012

Pa. Senate gives $27.6 billion budget final OK 
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, June 30, 2012

Mom of boys charged in crime spree faces charges, too
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, June 29, 2012

Criticized by Dems, praised by GOP, Corbett’s plan gets approval
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, June 29, 2012

Pa. House OKs GOP’s $27.7B budget proposal
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, June 28, 2012 

State House approves budget
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, June 28, 2012

Pa. House recesses without starting budget debate
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, June 28, 2012 

Budget proposal set for lawmakers’ vote
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, June 28, 2012

Pennsylvania budget debate begins
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, June 27, 2012

A state budget by Saturday?
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, June 26, 2012 

Corbett defends 10% cut to human services
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, June 26, 2012

Summer food feeds more than kids
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, June 23, 2012

Corbett agrees to restore budget
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, June 21, 2012

Cooling centers open while heat, humidity continue
WTAE Pittsburgh, June 20, 2012

Western Psych shooting rampage prompts changes
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, June 16, 2012

New Pa. regulations could affect home care for elderly
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, June 16, 2012

North Municipal News - SummerFood Service Program
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, June 14, 2012

Council serving gay community holds town hall meeting
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, June 14, 2012

New borough manager hired in Braddock
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, June 14, 2012

Wealth and Welfare: As budget ax prepares to fall on social services, big business gets a hand up
Pittsburgh City Paper, June 13, 2012

Gov. Tom Corbett, legislators work to forge budget
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, June 12, 2012

Corbett mum on negotiations over Pennsylvania budget
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, June 11, 2012

Allegheny County to Hold its First LGBTQ Town Hall Meeting
90.5 Essential Public Radio, June 11, 2012

Pennsylvania budget: Main proposals pitched by Corbett, Senate are $500 million apart
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, June 10, 2012

Bryant Courier Legacy Honoree
New Pittsburgh Courier, June 6, 2012

Details of top GOP lawmakers' budget plan emerge
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, June 6, 2012  

May

PDF Icon Protecting Older Adults, (8.8 MB, page 219)
Allegheny County Medical Society Bulletin, May 2012

Child found alone on Bloomfield street
WTAE Pittsburgh, May 28, 2012

Briefs (scroll down to “Mom of wandering boy claims carjacking”)
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, May 28, 2012

Pittsburgh's new immigrants equal brain gain
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 27, 2012

Polyglot South Hills is home to many of Pittsburgh's new immigrants
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 27, 2012

Report: More support needed for kinship caregivers
Washington Examiner, May 23, 2012

Oxford Development plans new tower Downtown
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 22, 2012

4 charged in home-care service scam 
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, May 22, 2012

Growing number of grandparents raising their grandchildren
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, May 22, 2012

Farmers market tidbits: delicious news for locavores
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 17, 2012

Home care providers decry proposed state cuts
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 14, 2012

Rainbow continues to shine for hungry
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, May 13, 2012

National Council of Negro Women Legacy Awards
New Pittsburgh Courier, May 11, 2012

Congress may OK funds for veterans court system
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 8, 2012

Food services try to feed families during summer days  
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, May 3, 2012

Family Resources benefits held at the Westin Convention Center Hotel
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 1, 2012

April

PDF Icon Helping Mothers Think About Partner Choice
April is Child Abuse Protection Month
 (page 164)
Allegheny County Medical Society Bulletin, April 2012 Issue

Newsmaker: Walter Howard Smith Jr.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, April 29, 2012

News Brief (Scroll down to “North Side boy, 2 wanders; mother charged”)
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, April 29, 2012

Child, 2, found wandering in North Side; Mother charged
WPXI Pittsburgh, April 27, 2012

Mother Facing Charges After Child Is Found Wandering On North Side
CBS Pittsburgh, April 27, 2012

Child abuse campaign used to save lives
New Pittsburgh Courier, April 25, 2012

Police honored for extra care in toughest cases
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, April 17, 2012

Dress sale will benefit Project Prom at mall
South Pittsburgh Reporter, April 17, 2012

Allegheny County Looking for Elderly Input
90.5 Essential Public Radio, April 16, 2012

$25 gowns available at Project Prom Shop 
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 14, 2012  

Should Shick have been committed? 
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 13, 2012

Mother arrested after toddler found alone outside
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 10, 2012

Deadline Extended for LIHEAP Program
Sewickley Patch, April 8, 2012

Countylines: Allegheny County Council news
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 5, 2012

Officials struggle to treat unwilling patients
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 1, 2012

March

DA Zappala: Why wasn't Shick institutionalized before shooting?
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, March 30, 2012

Mother gets 2-4 years for fire that killed sons
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, March 28, 2012 

North Versailles mother pleads guilty in fire deaths of her 2 children left alone
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, March 28, 2012

Mental health system faces increasing stress
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, March 25, 2012

Police locate missing Wilkinsburg teen
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, March 21, 2012

Wilkinsburg mom jailed over wandering children
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, March 21, 2012

Mother Arrested After Children Found Wandering
WTAE Pittsburgh, March 20, 2012

Autistic boy, 9, girl, 2, found wandering Wilkinsburg streets
WPXI Pittsburgh, March 20, 2012

Search on for 'habitual runaway' from Wilkinsburg
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, March 20, 2012

2 Children Found Wandering In Wilkinsburg
CBS Pittsburgh, March 20, 2012

Allegheny County gets homeless shelter grant
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, March 17, 2012

Allegheny County Receives $3.8 Million Homeless Housing Grant
90.5 Essential Public Radio, March 16, 2012

Parents of Bridgeville infant accused of child abuse
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, March 15, 2012

Allegheny County wins grant money to fight homelessness
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, March 15, 2012

Proposed state cuts in mental health services spur suit
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, March 15, 2012

Resources for Renters will help renters learn how to deal with landlords, city
South Pittsburgh Reporter, March 13, 2012

Foster youth need help past 18
PennLive.com, March 9, 2012

'Project Prom' Helps Find Perfect Dress For Big Dance
WTAE Pittsburgh, March 6, 2012

Gambling addiction is a new problem for counties
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, March 5, 2012

State budget proposal would extend aid to adoptive families
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, March 4, 2012

Project Prom 2012 for Young Ladies and Gentlemen
Munhall News Watch, March 3, 2012

Club collects prom dresses for high school students
The Clarion Call, March 1, 2012

New art, training institute shows investment in Homewood
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, March 1, 2012

February

Cutting Deep: Corbett budget would put social services further out of reach
Pittsburgh City Paper, February 29, 2012

Homewood grant recipient hews to detail
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, February 29, 2012

Pa. welfare secretary grilled on required cuts
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, February 29, 2012 

Allegheny nonprofit leaders lobby lawmakers to restore funding
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, February 22, 2012

Rally calls attention to governor's proposed cuts
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, February 22, 2012

Donate Your Dresses to Project Prom
Upper St. Clair Patch, February 20, 2012

Mother accused of kidnapping son surrenders in Michigan
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, February 16, 2012

Woman and child from Hill District taken into custody in Michigan
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, February 15, 2012

Mother sought in kidnapping of toddler; dad surrenders
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, February 15, 2012

Police Searching For Missing 2-Year-Old Boy
CBS Pittsburgh, February 15, 2012

Allegheny County agency can't protect kids 24/7
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, February 15, 2012

Corbett's Human Services Budget Seen as Mixed
90.5 Essential Public Radio, February 14, 2012

5-year-old watched while his brother was beaten to death
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, February 14, 2012

Couple arrested after falling asleep in stolen car with baby
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, February 14, 2012

Couple, baby found sleeping in stolen vehicle in Avalon
WPXI Pittsburgh, February 13, 2012

Mom's boyfriend admits attacking child for not vacuuming
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, February 13, 2012

Neighbors Devastated After Boy’s Death In Knoxville
CBS Pittsburgh, February 13, 2012

Senior services to see agency changes
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, February 13, 2012

Death in trash-filled home shows difficulty of aiding solitary seniors
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, February 12, 2012

Bethel Park church to collect, distribute prom wear
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, February 9, 2012

Project Prom 2012 for Young Ladies and Gentlemen
Urban Media Today, February 9, 2012

Children of Incarcerated Parents Bear the Brunt
90.5 Essential Public Radio, February 9, 2012

Corbett calls fiscal plan 'lean and demanding'
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, February 8, 2012

Prom Dresses Needed for 2012 Gown Giveaway to Eligible High School Girls  
Sewickley Patch, February 8, 2012 
Note: also published in the Pine-Richland Patch

Prom Outfits to Be Given Away at Century III Mall for Eligible Teens
Baldwin-Whitehall Patch, February 7, 2012 
Note: also published in the Pine-Richland Patch and Forest Hills-Regent Square Patch

The Corbett budget plan
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, February 6, 2012

East Liberty center ending adult day care
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, February 6, 2012

Sources: Mom Who Rolled Car With Baby Inside Was Very Drunk
WTAE Pittsburgh, February 1, 2012

January

The Lynne Hayes Freeland Show (Part 1)
CBS Pittsburgh, January 29, 2012

Program Aims To Help With Steep Expenses Of Prom Night
CBS Pittsburgh, January 25, 2012

‘Aging in Place’ requires good fortune and support services
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, January 22, 2012

YouthWorks puts youth to work
New Pittsburgh Courier, January 11, 2012

Job losses, foreclosures drive demand for low-income public housing
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, January 9, 2012

Public defender's future is unclear
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, January 8, 2012

We must determine if Pa. does enough to fight child abuse
The York Daily Record, January 6, 2012