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
 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. Semi Truck with back trailer open

    Westmoreland colleges compete in Food Bank Campus Challenge

    A lot of things get thrown out of dorm rooms at the end of spring semester, but what concerned Brian Root was that food was going to waste... Additional Info...
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    Westmoreland County Area Agency on Aging

    May/June 2017 AAA Newsletter is here hot off the press! Click here to view newsletter
  3. Workplaces for people with intellectual disabilities are decreasing. The changes can be painful.

    Every day, Perry Blatz knows where his son Bill will be — stuffing and labeling envelopes at the UPMC Vocational Training Center in the South Side, a facility for adults with intellectual disabilities. Additional Info...
  4. Grant to help repair blighted Westmoreland homes, aid the disabled

    As many as 35 disabled and low-income homeowners in Westmoreland County could receive financial assistance under a new state grant secured this week to rehabilitate blighted residences. Additional Info...
  5. Grant to help repair blighted Westmoreland homes, aid the disabled

    As many as 35 disabled and low-income homeowners in Westmoreland County could receive financial assistance under a new state grant secured this week to rehabilitate blighted residences. Additional Info...
  6. Eat, Sleep, Repeat: How Kids' Daily Routines Can Help Prevent Obesity

    "We found children who had inconsistent bedtimes were almost twice as likely to be obese by age 11 compared to kids who had regular bedtimes," says study author Sarah Anderson, an epidemiologist at The Ohio State University. Additional Info...
  7. FDA: Don't Give Kids Cough Syrup Or Pain Meds That Contain Codeine

    The Food and Drug Administration says children under 12 should not be given prescription medicines that contain codeine or another narcotic, tramadol, and that such drugs can also be dangerous to youth between 12 and 18. Additional Info...
  8. Older people need regular exercise, and are better off for it

    Older people have much to gain from regular exercise, and there is a wide variety of options available to them. “Exercise has shown to be beneficial at all ages. In fact, you have more to lose by not exercising.” Additional Info...
  9. 'When I Was Your Age' And Other Pitfalls Of Talking To Teens About Stress

    "When adolescents are distressed, most parents are inclined to try to solve their problems, but often what teens really need is help developing problem-solving skills of their own...." Continue reading
  10. Annual wellness conference at Caritas Christi motherhouse focuses on 'Lifespan Rhythms'

    At Caritas Christi motherhouse in Greensburg, home to the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill, “we're all about communicating” and responding to the needs of the community, says Julia Trimarchi Cuccaro, director of development. Additional Info...
  11. Penn-Trafford special education students enjoy Transitions career exploration

    It's one thing to learn about operating a business. It's quite another to jump in with both feet and actually do it. Additional Info...
  12. Head of county's drug OD force knows struggles of recovery firsthand

    As head of Westmoreland County's Drug Overdose Task Force, Tim Phillips routinely talks to addicts and tells them recovery is possible. Additional Info...
  13. Boomers looking to age in place lead remodeling trend

    The small businesses that dominate the home remodeling industry are looking forward to robust growth in the next few years thanks to baby boomers who want to remain in their homes Additional Info...
  14. Caregivers Are Heroes

    Caregivers Are Heroes: Lunch & Learn Events in May

    Are you caring for an older adult? Are you stressed? Do you need information and resources? Westmoreland County Area Agency on Aging can help! Read on...
  15. State reverses course on sheltered workshop requirements

    "the new proposals require that workshops offer clients the option of moving into competitive employment or community service 25 percent of the time by Sept. 1, 2018. It will be up to each individual's team of family and caseworkers to decide..." Full TribLive Article
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    WCCC Wolfpack works with Special Olympics to build friendships, confidence

    The overall program is in its fourth year but the clinics and exhibition games started last year and have expanded to also include athletes from Seton Hill Univ. and Pitt-Greensburg. “It's a real friendship-builder and confidence-booster"... Click here for the full TribLive article
  17. First aid for mental health: A new approach in Pennsylvania's prisons

    Bellefonte, Pennsylvania (CNN)--The man was about to snap. He had just lost a child. "I couldn't really relate to that," Peter Robinson said of his fellow inmate. "I know what loss feels like, though." Additional Info...
  18. Young woman's journey ends tragically in mental hospital

    Robert Logsdon’s daughter was complaining of swollen feet, seemed to have one dilated pupil, and said no to her favorite flavor of muffin. She was discouraged after six weeks under constant supervision... Additional Info...
  19. Senior citizen living facility to be built at former Jeannette District Memorial Hospital site

    The site of the former Jeannette District Memorial Hospital will have a new life as a senior citizen living facility, an Excela Health spokeswoman said Thursday. Additional Info...
  20. Inmates’ mental illness a statewide problem

    bout 65 percent of Pennsylvania’s county jail inmates have a substance abuse disorder, 10 to 30 percent suffer from mental illness and up to 14 percent have serious mental illness. Additional Info...
  21. Mental health matters to school students

    Odds are that if you had asked Loren Davis what was troubling her, she wouldn’t have been able to tell you. If pressed, the then-student at Park Forest Middle School might have described it as a bad case of nerves Additional Info...
  22. It's family, not friends, who may help you live longer, study says

    The company you keep has long been thought to be an important factor in both mental and physical well-being. Numerous studies have documented how the quantity and quality of social relationships have effects that emerge in childhood and, as sociologists.. Additional Info...
  23. 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...
  24. Doctors Often Fail To Treat Depression Like A Chronic Illness

    Depression prompts people to make about 8 million doctors' appointments a year, and more than half are with primary care physicians. A study suggests those doctors often fall short in treating depression because of insurance issues, time constraints... Additional Info...
  25. Physicians want robust studies on medical marijuana use

    Pittsburgh may be ready to decriminalize marijuana for recreational use, but a new survey suggests local physicians hold widely varying views when it comes to their willingness to prescribe marijuana for medical use, even if it were legal. Additional Info...
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