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DHS News September 2013

School Attendance Initiatives Don’t End With the School Year
DHS took steps to strengthen two initiatives recently as part of its continuing effort to help reduce chronic absenteeism among children receiving human services.

Evidence-Based Practices Examined to Improve Child Welfare Outcomes
“Evidence-Based Practices” a term common to behavioral and physical health approaches to treatment, are now being applied to child welfare.

Donations Start the School Year Right
Generous donations from Centimark and the Homeless Children's Education Fund means that hundreds of children served by DHS are starting the school  year with everything from backpacks to calculators to new shoes.

The Link Continues to Please
A recently conducted survey showed consumer satisfaction with the Allegheny County Link to Aging and Disability Resources continues to be high. The Link implemented in 2005, serves approximately 350 consumers a month and supports older adults and people of any age who have disabilities.

DHS Wins Second Consecutive Digital Government Achievement Award
For the second year in a row, DHS has been selected for a Digital Government Achievement Award by the Center for Digital Government, which recognizes efforts by government entities to improve decision making and program outcomes through the use of innovative technology.

“Flowering of Insight” Blooms Again
“The Flowering of Insight” (FOI) Art Exhibit, featuring works by Allegheny County Department of Human Services (DHS) consumers, returns to the lower level of the Human Services Building (HSB), One Smithfield St., through Oct. 12.

Kudos: Judy Barricella
Community Living and Support Services will honor Judy Barricella, Director of Disability Connection in the DHS Office of Community Relations, as a 2013 Community Hero. 

Kudos: JoAnn Hannah
JoAnn Hannah received kudos for assisting a young man who had felt forgotten and frustrated in his search for employment.

Kudos: Terri Laver and Robert Eamigh
Terri Laver and Robert Eamigh received praise for their presentation at an annual HUD training webinar.

Kudos: Dan Robinson, Nicole Lubatti and Maria Duranti
A consumer called the Office of Community Relations to offer praise for DHS staff who assisted her in getting her granddaughter enrolled in kindergarten.