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DHS News November 2013

The Policies and Procedures Process Gets an Update 

An important part of the DHS continued integration is developing an infrastructure for creating, storing and accessing policies and procedures that will become the standard across the organization. Earlier this year, a policy committee made up of staff from throughout DHS was convened for this purpose.

A Lesson in Living with Poverty 

The Department of Human Services Office of Community Services and Gateway Health insurers recently conducted an eye-opening exercise in the impact of poverty on families.

The Holiday Project – Thankful For Those Who Give  

The Department of Human Services' Holiday Project fulfills the holiday wishes of thousands of children who receive child welfare services in Allegheny County, and it wouldn't be possible without the hundreds of donors who assist.

Shelter, Food Available For Older Adults, Homeless During Severe Weather 

The Department of Human Services is once again prepared to assist vulnerable residents during severe winter weather.

7th Annual Case Competition Tackles HR Issues 

A team of graduate students from the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University took first place and the $3,000 prize in the Department of Human Service 7th annual case competition, held Nov. 9.

Group Members "Stand Together" to Reduce Mental Illness Stigma 

Dedicated work by a volunteer Department of Human Services (DHS) stakeholder committee has resulted in a $100,000 grant from the Staunton Farm Foundation to move a mental illness anti-stigma project forward in nearly a dozen middle and high schools in the region.

SNAP Reductions Take Effect 

Agencies and nonprofits are disseminating information about cutbacks that took effect in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program on Nov. 1.

Kudos: Office of Behavioral Health Staff 

A consumer wrote to DHS administrators to praise work done by the Office of Behavioral Health to support her grandson and help him succeed.

Kudos: Heather Arenth 

Heather Arenth, Early Childhood Behavioral Health Specialist with the Safe Start program received kudos from OCS administrators for her continued shepherding of the Safe Start newsletter.

Kudos: Barbara Moore 

A client commended Supervisor Barbara Moore of Children, Youth and Families Central Regional Office.

Kudos: Mara Schwabenbauer and Stephanie Meyer 

Mara Schwabenbauer and Stephanie Meyer, Service Coordinators for the Allegheny Link to Aging and Disability Services in the Office of Community Relations, received kudos from a consumer who lives out-of-state.

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