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. BH/DS
  2. Children's Bureau
  3. Juvenile Detention
 
 Westmoreland County Area Agency on Aging
Katherine A. Johnson, LSW
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. Greater Latrobe foundation awards district $150K for equipment, programs

    The foundation supplied more than $13,000 worth of equipment and materials for students with special needs. Additional Info...
  2. State grants bolster pre-kindergarten programs in Westmoreland County

    State grants help fund centers that provide high-quality pre-K programs to at-risk 3- and 4-year-olds. Additional Info...
  3. Westmoreland County Food Bank 'Day 2 Don8' will match $5,000 gift

    The Westmoreland County Food Bank is again teaming up with a Scottdale company to raise money for its food programs. Additional Info...
  4. Bill would aid foster kids in Pennsylvania seeking higher education

    When Bryn Elizabeth Albee left foster care in 2004, she did something fairly unusual for a young person aging out of the system — she went to college. Additional Info...
  5. New Kensington celebrates its diversity Saturday with Ethnic Day Food Festival

    New Kensington residents celebrated on Saturday what many of them love about their city: its diversity. Additional Info...
  6. Team Friends helps people with disabilities connect with their community

    The members of Team Friends of Westmoreland County are not interested in the outmoded ideas about how people with disabilities should be treated. Additional Info...
  7. Jeannette resident has donated 21 gallons of blood

    The average human body has about 1.5 gallons of blood. Jeannette resident Scott Himes has donated that much 14 times over, and he has no intention of stopping. Additional Info...
  8. Group vets disaster relief agencies

    A national organization that ranks charities for effectiveness Thursday put up a roster of highly-rated charities that will provide aid and support for hurricane ravished communities throughout the Carolinas. Additional Info...
  9. Western PA Diaper Bank at Public Meeting

    What's the Western PA Diaper Bank?

    If you had to choose between buying groceries and keeping your baby in a clean diaper, what would you do? The Western Pennsylvania Diaper Bank doesn’t think families should have to make that choice. Read on...
  10. Census data show region's income up but poverty improvement stalling

    The seven-county Pittsburgh metropolitan area had an estimated poverty rate of 11 percent in 2017, slightly worse than the 10.8 percent in 2016, according to results released Thursday from the bureau’s latest American Community Survey. Additional Info...
  11. Some Wesley Family Services programs closing in the Alle-Kiski Valley

    Wesley Family Services is closing three Alle-Kiski Valley-based programs, citing low participation and financial constraints among the reasons for the move. Additional Info...
  12. Funding cutbacks could limit Westmoreland Bar Association's pro bono program

    Funding cutbacks could limit or potentially shutter the Westmoreland County Bar Association’s pro bono program, which provides free legal representation for low-income residents, officials said Wednesday. Additional Info...
  13. Words Find Your Fit with various shoes

    Find Your Fit Volunteer Fair - Sept. 21st

    The greatest gift you can give is your time!
    Join Westmoreland Association of Volunteer Administrators at the annual Find Your Fit Volunteer Fair, Friday, September 21, 2018 at Westmoreland County Community College, Founder's Hall. Read on...
  14. FDA declares youth vaping an epidemic, announces investigation, new enforcement

    Melissa Sporn, a Fairfax County, Virginia, child psychologist, said teen patients are "self medicating" with e-cigarettes. Usually, she said, it's because they are anxious or depressed. Additional Info...
  15. Red Cross offers suggestions for storm relief

    Western Pennsylvanians looking to help with hurricane and flood relief have three immediate options, said Dan Tobin, a spokesman for the American Red Cross Greater Pennsylvania Region. Additional Info...
  16. Red sand in Greensburg to raise awareness of human trafficking

    Volunteers grasping bags of red sand carefully poured the contents into the sidewalk cracks along Greensburg’s St. Clair Park on Tuesday. Additional Info...
  17. Words Find Your Fit with various shoes

    Find Your Fit Volunteer Fair - Sept. 21st

    The greatest gift you can give is your time!
    Join Westmoreland Association of Volunteer Administrators at the annual Find Your Fit Volunteer Fair, Friday, September 21, 2018 at Westmoreland County Community College, Founder's Hall. Read on...
  18. Free Medicare benefits program offered next week in Monroville

    A series of free workshops outlining the basics of Medicare will be held next week in McCandless, Monroeville and Mars. Additional Info...
  19. Driving factor behind eating disorders is a matter of control

    Kelly Harwood, the clinical manager of outpatient therapy, training and development with Chestnut Ridge Counseling Services in Uniontown, said there are three primary eating disorders she tends to see. Additional Info...
  20. Local woman working to raise awareness about eating disorders

    Andrea Mapstone of Penn-Craft said from the outside, her high school-age daughter seemed to have everything together. Additional Info...
  21. Parents launching a nationwide anti-hazing campaign

    Tim Piazza and Marquise Braham told their parents they just wanted to make some new friends by joining fraternities while away at college. Neither got much of a chance: They died before their 20th birthdays, after brutal fraternity hazing rituals. Additional Info...
  22. E.C. Cruisers event will benefit county children's bureau Christmas fund

    The E.C. Cruisers will host its 24th annual Cruisin’ to Help the Kids car cruise at 11 a.m. Sept. 16 at the Delmont Volunteer Fire Department, 2360 Route 66 in Delmont. Additional Info...
  23. Seton Hill students participate in 24th annual Labor of Love service day

    Emily Grove was all smiles as she came in from the chilly rain, led by a black dog eager to dry off and warm up. Additional Info...
  24. Study: About 2 million low-income Americans would lose benefits under House Farm Bill

    Nearly 2 million low-income Americans, including 469,000 households with young children, would be stripped of benefits under the House version of the farm bill being considered this week by congressional negotiators... Additional Info...
  25. Veteran ID Card Program to Get Speed Boost in October

    eterans who apply for ID cards through the Department of Veteran Affairs program rolled out last year should start to see a faster turnaround time in October, officials said Aug. 31. Additional Info...
  26. College signals new life for parents, too

    There’s an unfamiliar ache now when I walk by Jordan’s bedroom each morning and head downstairs toward the coffee pot Additional Info...
  27. 'It affects your emotional state': Experts say classroom temperature, noise stifle learning

    Pittsburgh scholars who study how young people think and learn say concern over hot classrooms this week is an important part of the larger issue of supporting students and teachers so they can do their best work. Additional Info...
  28. Sept. AAA Inside Line is here

    Read about the celebrations for Senior Center Month, October's Health & Education Expo, Earn while you Learn, CodeRED. and more! Additional Info...
  29. With danger of concussions better known, high school football programs take notice

    Running back Logan Harmon took a handoff in Apollo-Ridge’s 2017 season finale against Gateway. He hit the hole, but he didn’t see the Vikings defender converging on him. Additional Info...
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  31. To Lower Your Medicare Drug Costs, Ask Your Pharmacist For The Cash Price

    Under a little-known Medicare rule, they can pay a lower cash price for prescriptions instead of using their insurance and doling out the amount the policy requires. But only if they ask. Additional Info...
  32. CDC recommendation gives option for nasal flu vaccine

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending a nasal vaccine as a preventive measure against the flu this year, giving people an alternative to the needle that wasn’t recommneded the past two years. Additional Info...
  33. Pa. School Safety Task Force report emphasizes need for mental health resources in schools

    The Pennsylvania School Safety Task Force continued to emphasize in a report released Monday the need for more mental health support in schools. Additional Info...
  34. Tips and tricks for navigating technology and kids

    Dan Dillman knows a thing or two about technology and a thing or two — maybe three — about kids. Additional Info...
  35. Vol Fair Sept. 21 2018
  36. Volunteers needed for Red Sand Project next month in Greensburg

    The Blackburn Center is seeking volunteers to help with a project next month to bring awareness to human trafficking. Additional Info...
  37. Senior Center Month 2018 Poster
  38. Can you speak my language? Pittsburgh health officials aim to better serve non-English speakers

    “Ten years ago, you’d call a doctor’s office, and they’d say ‘We don’t see people who don’t speak English,” said Barbara Murock, manager of the Allegheny County Department of Human Services’ Immigrants and Internationals Initiative. Additional Info...
  39. Giving back produces a paycheck for New Kensington man

    New Kensington’s Knead Community Cafe is on a mission to help people — especially those who want to help themselves and aren’t just looking for a handout. Additional Info...
  40. Change in paratransit funding, private vendors worries Westmoreland officials

    A change to future operations of the state’s medical assistant transportation program could cripple Westmoreland County’s paratransit system, local officials worry. “This could be devastating for us,” said Alan Blahovec, executive director of the WCTA. Additional Info...
  41. Program combats ageism by having students live with seniors

    Victoria Kozar, like many students, met one of her best friends while in college. Additional Info...
  42. Age-Friendly Breakfasts flyer
  43. Westmoreland County Commissioners with John Docherty of Community Health Clinic, Inc.
  44. Most older drivers outlive the age at which they can drive safely

    Older drivers outlive the age when they’re capable of driving safely by seven to 10 years, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety said Tuesday, but more than 80 percent of them never talk with their family or doctor about it. Additional Info...
  45. Control, halt, defeat: Tackling teenage bullying in the digital age

    According to the Cyberbullying Research Center, the percentage of teens who have been cyberbullied has doubled since 2007, with an estimated 20 percent to 40 percent of adolescents having been targeted. Additional Info...
  46. Penn Area Library will host two 'Medicare Explained' programs

    If you have questions about Medicare, Penn Area Library officials want to help get them answered at one of two “Medicare Explained” programs coming up later this month. Additional Info...
  47. How to donate wisely and avoid scams

    Feds crack down on Veterans 'charities'

    The FTC, law enforcement officials and charity regulators from 70 offices in every state announced more than 100 actions in “Operation Donate with Honor,” a crackdown on fraudulent charities that con consumers. Additional Info...
  48. Study: Lowering blood pressure helps prevent mental decline

    Lowering blood pressure more than usually recommended not only helps prevent heart problems, it also cuts the risk of mental decline that often leads to Alzheimer’s disease, a major study finds. Additional Info...
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