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:

Please note: The Greensburg office of the PA State Department of Public Assistance is located at 587 Sells Lane, Greensburg, PA 15601-4493, is open 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Contact them at 724-832-5200 or 1-800-905-5413.


  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. Today's seniors report fewer depression symptoms than their parents

    At a time when more younger people are struggling with mental-health issues, older Americans say they have fewer depression symptoms than elders of earlier generations, according to a new University of Pittsburgh study. Additional Info...
  2. List of poor-performing nursing homes still not public a month after promised release

    A month after federal regulators pledged to release its secret list of poor-performing nursing homes, officials echoed what the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said five weeks ago — that the report would be coming “soon.” Additional Info...
  3. Westmoreland food bank seeks to expand ‘senior food box’ program

    Hunger-Free Pennsylvania Executive Director Sheila Christopher is happy 1,300 Westmoreland County seniors take advantage of the food boxes available each month through the group’s Commodity Supplemental Food Program, or CSFP. Additional Info...
  4. Joy Riders kick off biking program at Cedar Creek Park for people with limited mobility

    Carol Storez of West Newton gets out of the house often enough. But at 87 years old, she’s not exactly ready to hop on a Huffy and pedal around Cedar Creek Park in Rostraver. Additional Info...
  5. Depression In Older Pittsburghers Is Dropping

    People in the Mon Valley ages 65 and older are experiencing fewer depression symptoms than previously reported. Additional Info...
  6. CDC warns that season of AFM paralysis cases in children is approaching

    Experts Tuesday called for doctors to keep an eye out for cases of acute flaccid myelitis, a serious illness that mostly affects young children and causes paralysis. Additional Info...
  7. Do you need a bone density test? Answer varies by age, gender

    If you’re a woman 65 or older, a bone density test is recommended. Additional Info...
  8. Summer 2019 Inside Line

    The Summer 2019 Inside Line Newsletter is now available online. Read on...
  9. State delays change to Westmoreland’s paratransit system

    A proposed state change local officials said could devastate Westmoreland County’s paratransit system for low income and elderly riders has been delayed. Additional Info...
  10. Husband-wife team leaving Greensburg Salvation Army after 3 years, will join Pittsburgh corps

    During their time in Greensburg, the Fullwoods oversaw the expansion of several Salvation Army programs, including Pathway of Hope, Love in a Backpack and the Back 2 School Bash. Additional Info...
  11. What the UPMC-Highmark truce does and doesn’t mean for patients

    A day after UPMC and Highmark reached a 10-year pact, patients across Western Pennsylvania are awaiting answers on precisely what the unexpected deal between the nonprofit health giants means for them. Additional Info...
  12. Highlands Hospital serving several counties with renovated behavior health unit

    The Westmoreland Behavioral Health Administration provided grant funds for the renovation because of the needs in both Fayette and Westmoreland counties; Highlands responded to the administration’s search to create the extended stay unit. Additional Info...
  13. Pitt research could be a big step in tying exercise to healthy, older brain

    Awaiting one of her regular exercise workouts on the University of Pittsburgh’s upper campus, 70-year-old Julie Murphy winced when describing forgetful moments that have begun plaguing her in a way that never occurred decades ago. Additional Info...
  14. Consumer advocate’s efforts recognized by Westinghouse retiree group

    Mary Bach of Murrysville was recognized recently for her work in consumer advocacy, by a group of Westinghouse retirees dedicated to community service. Additional Info...
  15. Pennsylvania warns of phone scam targeting elderly, disabled

    Phone scammers posing as state Department of Revenue employees are targeting senior citizens and people with disabilities in an effort to obtain people’s bank information, according to the state agency. Additional Info...
  16. Hands with a felt heart and question &#34Caregivers, who takes care of you?&#34
  17. Autism Speaks walk planned at Storybook Forest

    Laurel Highlands Autism Speaks Walk will be held at Idlewild & Soak Zone’s Storybook Forest this year. Additional Info...
  18. Highmark-insured seniors who use UPMC could get another chance to switch plans

    The Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services plans to announce a special enrollment period for about 1,300 of Highmark’s Medicare Advantage members in Western Pennsylvania who have visited UPMC facilities in the past three months. Additional Info...
  19. Westmoreland County native selected as new United Way CEO

    United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania has decided to hire from within to replace its retiring CEO. Additional Info...
  20. Some Pa. residents receiving ‘unexpected’ medical bills, organization says

    When Emily Christian-Michaels went to UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital in Pittsburgh for a regular scan at 20 weeks pregnant, she didn’t expect to get hit with a $1,900 bill. Additional Info...
  21. New incentives help pregnant women stop smoking

    Pregnancy can be a strong incentive to stop smoking. Additional Info...
  22. 5-county United Way sees growth in services, outreach in 2018

    The United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania continues to set records in the number of people it helps. Additional Info...
  23. Social Security error jeopardizes Medicare coverage for 250,000 seniors

    At least a quarter of a million Medicare beneficiaries may receive bills for as many as five months of premiums they thought they already paid. Additional Info...
  24. Franklin Regional life skills students gain marketable experience through shop

    Funded by a roughly $12,000 grant from the FR Panther Foundation, special-education students now produce ornaments, magnets and FR-branded drink-ware that has been sold to staff as well as the public at the recent Festival of the Arts. Additional Info...
  25. UPMC Dropping Prepayments Policy For Some Patients

    Months after announcing the policy, UPMC has reversed course and now says it will not require Highmark Medicare Advantage members to pay in advance for services once consent decrees linking the two organizations expire July 1. Additional Info...
  26. Federal government will update list of troubled nursing homes monthly

    The federal government will release an updated list of the nation’s most troubled nursing homes monthly, officials with the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) said. Additional Info...
  27. Penn Area Library plans summer reading programs

    The Penn Area Library will “explore the universe” with its summer reading program, running from June 3 to July 27 Additional Info...
  28. Pennsylvania moves to take over health insurance exchange

    Pennsylvania is moving to take over the online health insurance exchange that’s been operated by the federal government since 2014, saying it can cut health insurance costs for the hundreds of thousands who buy the individual Affordable Care Act policies. Additional Info...
  29. Financial column: What will long-term care cost you?

    Most people over 65 eventually will need help with daily living tasks, such as bathing, eating or dressing. Additional Info...
  30. Number of Pennsylvania babies treated for drug exposure levels off, report shows

    After spiking for more than a decade, the rate of Pennsylvania newborns hospitalized for drug withdrawal at birth leveled off and remained stable for the last two years, a new report reveals. Additional Info...
  31. Casey, Toomey report reveals nearly 400 troubled nursing homes, 5 in Western Pa.

    The federal government for years has kept under wraps the names of hundreds of nursing homes around the country found by inspectors to have serious ongoing health, safety or sanitary problems. Additional Info...
  32. WIC Enrollment Is Down, Creating A 'Catch-22'

    A recent analysis by the Pittsburgh-based Jewish Healthcare Foundation finds that just 50 percent of eligible Pennsylvanians receive assistance from the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, or WIC. Additional Info...
  33. Report shows many underage kids get alcohol from parents, friends’ parents

    One in four Pennsylvania kids who drink underage get the alcohol from their parents, according to a report released Thursday by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.
  34. Smartwise releases Internet safety guide as kids finish school

    Understanding the dangers of online predators, guiding online behaviors, monitoring activity and keeping kids out of places like chat rooms and social networks can help protect them from online predators.... Additional Info...
  35. New youth homelessness program looking for volunteer host homes

    A new program that aims to reduce youth homelessness in Armstrong, Indiana, Washington and Westmoreland counties is looking for volunteers to provide host homes. Additional Info...
  36. Excela, Saint Vincent, Seton Hill team up to provide grief counseling for children

    Childhood and death shouldn’t go together, but they often do. That reality is prompting a movement within Westmoreland County to increase services for children grieving the death of a loved one — whether from suicide, an opioid overdose or natural causes Additional Info...
  37. Dog cake for senior birthday party from Happy Camper Cakes
  38. Bridge2Home flyer with 4 smiling young people and text about program
  39. How Did We Get Here? 7 Things To Know About Measles

    According to the CDC, dults born between 1957 and 1967 should be revaccinated, as early vaccines were less effective than the vaccine available after 1967. Additional Info...
  40. Did You Know? Information for Veterans and Friends of Veterans

    Westmoreland County and Westmoreland County Courts would like to remind those who have served, as well as friends, family and attorneys who represent those who have served, that we have resources available to you. Read on...
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