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DHS Young Adults

Transitioning between youth and adulthood brings many challenges – post-secondary education, housing and employment – all waiting on the horizon. Young adults with special needs, such as mental health disorders or a diagnosis of intellectual disability, may find moving from the child-serving systems to adult-serving systems particularly challenging. Young adults who have spent some of their lives in out-of-home placement sometimes face these challenges alone.

DHS is committed to helping transition-aged youth make smooth transitions to adulthood.

DHS is also interested in hearing ideas from youth who have personal experience in the human services system to improve services for children and youth and their families. The advisory body System Improvement Through Youth (SITY) provides that voice.

This section provides detailed information about these topics and more.


New You may be entitled to educational benefits if you can answer "YES" to the following two questions.

  • Did you live at the Auberle Group Home at any time from October 14, 2008 to January 1, 2011?
  • Did you attend school in the “alternative education” building in the “transition classroom” for Auberle students? (This classroom was located down the hill from Auberle and sometimes called “East End Academy.”) 

pdf.gif More information about the class-action lawsuit T.P. v. McKeesport Area School District, Case No. GD-10-019236.