Human Services Department

Our Vision is toward a better integration of services among County departments and all Human Service entities accompanied by a strengthened customer service orientation that will best serve all of the citizens of Westmoreland County.  Tab through to learn more about our programs:

  1. Area Agency on Aging
  2. BH/DS
  3. Children's Bureau
  4. Juvenile Detention
 
 Westmoreland County Area Agency on Aging
Meet the Administrator
 Area Agency on Aging staff help seniors access free health insurance counseling, our 13 Senior Centers, visitors to the homebound, legal and consumer protection services, discounted shared rides, and vision benefits. 

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  1. Clelian Heights students take the court at Franklin Regional

    Students from Clelian Heights in Greensburg got the chance to shine on the basketball court during the school's annual game at Franklin Regional High School. Additional Info...
  2. One program helping seniors stay at home gets no boost from another

    When the state recently transitioned some 85,000 older &/or disabled southwest Pennsylvanians into a new long-term care assistance program, a group of providers already offering comprehensive, hands-on services to the frail elderly expected to gain some. Additional Info...
  3. Want to stay young at heart and mind? Add to that friends list

    Ask Edith Smith, a proud 103-year-old, about her friends, and she'll give you an earful. There's Johnetta, 101, whom she's known for 70 years and who has Alzheimer's disease. Additional Info...
  4. Kiski Area School District tries different approach regarding truancy

    Kiski Area School District has been taking a different approach to dealing with student attendance and believes it's working. Additional Info...
  5. Lower Burrell clinic offers free pregnancy, STD, Hep C screenings

    A new facility in Lower Burrell wants to expand services for pregnant women in the Alle-Kiski Valley with free ultrasounds and STD, HIV and Hepatitis C testing. Additional Info...
  6. Westmoreland County Courthouse gets Kids Comfort Room

    The Westmoreland County Courthouse now has a Kids Comfort Room for children awaiting hearings in the family courts. Additional Info...
  7. Manor church seeks clothing donations for boutique

    A Manor church that has reached out to families and individuals in need by operating a free clothing store in Manor, is seeking donations of new and gently used winter clothing for men, women and children. Additional Info...
  8. More Western Pennsylvanians asking for help with heating bills

    The winter of 2017-18 is already shaping up to be a record-setter for natural gas use and demand for heating bill assistance that undoubtedly will follow. Additional Info...
  9. Cold weather prompts extra help for the elderly

    On a day when even some garbage collectors refused to go out, Murrysville Meals on Wheels delivered 60 meals to its mostly elderly clientele Tuesday. Additional Info...
  10. Agency on Aging's "Inside Line"

    In this issue: Mindfulness, Tools for Caregivers, Cold Weather Shelters, Volunteer Opportunities...and more! Additional Info...
  11. Most big public colleges don't track suicides, AP finds

    Most of the largest U.S. public universities do not track suicides among their students, despite making investments in prevention at a time of surging demand for mental health services. Additional Info...
  12. Our Clubhouse Westmoreland January programs

    Our Clubhouse provides free emotional and social support to those touched by cancer in western PA. Those living with cancer at any age, as well as the family and friends who care for them, are welcome to join Our Clubhouse and receive free support. Additional Info...
  13. For those in grief at the holidays, there's help available

    n a year full of loss, no time is more difficult than Christmas. Additional Info...
  14. State committee would study rising maternal mortality rate in Pennsylvania

    In response to a rising call across the country to reverse a stunning increase in the nation’s maternal mortality rate over the last two decades, the PA House unanimously approved a bill to create a panel that would better study pregnancy-related deaths. Additional Info...
  15. Vaping quadruples chance of smoking cigarettes in young adults, Pitt study says

    Young adults who use e-cigarettes or “vape” are four times more likely to pick up a regular cigarette habit, according to a University of Pittsburgh study released Monday. Additional Info...
  16. Federal, state budgets could have 'major' impact on local food banks

    “Every year, we struggle to make sure we have enough to provide food not only for the holidays but for all the other days.People are hungry all year long.”
  17. Local nonprofits can apply for grants from Greensburg Rotary

    Greensburg-area nonprofits could be eligible for a grant from the Rotary Club of Greensburg. The club is accepting applications for grants from its Madeline Nichols Fund for projects that benefit the community. Additional Info...
  18. Westmoreland farm community provides holiday feast for county's homeless

    Greensburg homeless shelter residents Beth Briggs and her friend, Sueann Hayden, were amazed at the generosity of those who donated food and volunteered to cook and serve a sumptuous holiday meal at a city church Tuesday for those less fortunate. Additional Info...
  19. New Kensington nonprofit co-founder pays visit to White House

    A co-founder of the New Kensington-based nonprofit addiction counseling center Lost Dreams Awakening visited the White House on Monday to advocate for increased support of addiction recovery programs. Additional Info...
  20. Tax preparers for senior citizens needed in Westmoreland County

    The Tax Counseling for the Elderly Program (TCE) needs volunteers, age 55 and older, to help people file their tax returns, according to Westmoreland County Community College. Additional Info...
  21. LIHEAP, Dollar Energy Fund helping low-income residents with winter heating bills

    Low-income residents who need help paying for wintertime energy bills and others who encounter major energy-related emergencies are still covered by federal and local programs, but the money usually goes fast. Additional Info...
  22. Pennsylvania adds an online resource for aged, disabled

    PA recently launched a new state website providing resources for older Pennsylvanians and younger ones with disabilities. Home and community services can be found on this online, easily searchable site. Visit the site. Read on...
  23. Latrobe, Greensburg homeless shelters have beds ready for winter

    When the weather outside is fit for neither man nor beast, a group of Westmoreland County social service agencies is guaranteeing the homeless a place to stay. Additional Info...
  24. United Way needs volunteers to provide free tax prep

    United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania hopes to recruit more than 470 volunteers to provide free tax preparation services to eligible area wage-earners from January through mid-April. Additional Info...
  25. Applications accepted for LIHEAP grants

    The Pennsylvania Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program begins accepting applications Nov. 1 for cash grants sent directly to the utility company or a crisis grant for households in immediate danger of being without heat. Additional Info...
  26. Community Health Choices Logo

    HealthChoices meetings announced

    IN JANUARY 2018, Community HealthChoices (CHC) will be the service program for persons enrolled in both Medicare and Medicaid (Medical Assistance), Medicaid waivers for physical disabilities; and Medicaid-eligible consumers residing in a nursing home. Details, including meeting dates and registration
  27. Pitt study links exercise, delay in mental decline

    There's no question exercise is beneficial on many fronts, and a new study links calorie-burning in older people to delaying the onset of cognitive impairments such as Alzheimer's disease and dementia. Additional Info...
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