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. New postings show wide range of Pennsylvania college hazing

    HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania colleges and universities began posting online reports Tuesday on documented cases of hazing over the past five years, as required by a law passed as a result of the 2017 death of a Penn State fraternity pledge. Additional Info...
  2. Westmoreland Transit to change bus routes to better suit needs, attract more riders

    Westmoreland County Transit Authority officials plan to make changes to the fixed-route bus system this year as part of a restructuring that is expected to spark lagging ridership. Additional Info...
  3. Westmoreland Transit to buy new buses for paratransit program

    The Westmoreland County Transit Authority will buy 16 new buses for its paratransit program this year. Additional Info...
  4. Hope in the opioid crisis? Overdose deaths appear to be leveling off as states intensify efforts to

    Bill Kinkle hasn't worked as a nurse in nearly a decade. But the Pennsylvania man never leaves home without emergency medical supplies. Additional Info...
  5. Pa. food stamp recipients get early payments amid government shutdown

    The 1.8 million Pennsylvanians on food stamps will get next month’s benefits Friday — weeks in advance — along with a warning to make them last. Additional Info...
  6. Derry Township's Torrance State Hospital marks centennial

    Patients, staff and retirees from Torrance State Hospital gathered in the public mental hospital’s once grand auditorium Tuesday for a worship service to mark the beginning of the institution’s centennial year. Additional Info...
  7. Joy Riders program will provide bike rides to people with limited mobility

    As soon as Karen Primm of Smithton saw the video — about an Australian man who designed a tandem bicycle with a wheelchair in the front, so that his disabled wife could go out on rides with him — she knew she needed to bring something similar here. Additional Info...
  8. Westmoreland drug court participants will receive life-saving kits

    Westmoreland County’s drug court participants will receive a kit with a life-saving dose of naloxone as part of a grant received Monday. Additional Info...
  9. Manor Lions mark 70 years of community service

    Being a Lion is a family tradition for Joy Clontz of Manor. Her father has served in his local Lions Club in St. Mary’s, Pa., for 50 years. Additional Info...
  10. Hospital price lists go public online

    A new federal mandate could make it a little easier for health care consumers to shop around, or at least get a clearer idea of what hospitals charge. Additional Info...
  11. Top 5: Wearable technology, group fitness and HIIT leading 2019 trends

    Is the new year inspiring you to get back into shape? If so, you might want to try an exercise tracker, group fitness or high-intensity interval training (HIIT). Additional Info...
  12. Modified interview process could serve as a model for employing people with disabilities

    Tom Charley, of the Charley Family Shop’n Save stores, doesn’t see hiring employees with physical and mental disabilities as charity. Additional Info...
  13. Overdose deaths drop dramatically, bringing hope that awareness is working

    As of Friday, 103 people had died from accidental drug overdoses, and 21 additional deaths are being investigated , according to County Coroner statistics. Compared to 2017, the reduction is a sign to some that awareness and other efforts are working. Additional Info...
  14. Pennsylvania lawmakers ask CMS to help seniors facing end of Highmark-UPMC agreement

    The pending UPMC-Highmark split has prompted a bipartisan group from Pennsylvania’s congressional delegation to ask Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services administrator Seema Verma what her agency is doing to help seniors navigate the change. Additional Info...
  15. Mobile payment coming for Westmoreland Transit riders

    Westmoreland County Transit Authority bus riders will soon be able to pay fares through their telephones. Additional Info...
  16. More than one ton of unused medication collected throughout Westmoreland County in 2018

    The Westmoreland County Drug Overdose Task Force announced Thursday that more than one ton of medication was collected in the 29 drug take-back boxes placed throughout the county over the past year. Additional Info...
  17. Just 6 months of walking may reverse cognitive decline, study says

    Worried about your aging brain? Getting your heart pumping with something as simple as walking or cycling just three times a week seems to improve thinking skills, new research says. Additional Info...
  18. What You Need To Know About The Affordable Care Act After Texas Ruling

    The Affordable Care Act faces a new legal challenge after a federal judge in Texas ruled the law unconstitutional. The decision risks throwing the nation's health care system into turmoil if upheld on appeal. But little will be different in the meantime. Additional Info...
  19. Local mental health professional warns against too much device screen time

    Children have been told for years to not sit too close to the television set or they’ll go blind, but with technology providing additional computer and phone screens, now there are other consequences to consider. Additional Info...
  20. Couple 'starrs' at blending kinship, foster family

    Tim and Renae Starr raised one family and were enjoying becoming grandparents when, a few years ago, they became kinship foster parents for two of their granddaughters. Additional Info...
  21. Franklin Regional playschool program accepting applications for spring, fall 2019 sessions

    The Franklin Regional High School Playschool program — a preschool program for children ages 3, 4 and 5 — is accepting applications and will start up in February. Additional Info...
  22. Happy people in a snowball fight

    Assistance available for winter heating bills

    Financial assistance programs are available for those who need help with winter heating bills. Assistance to many customers is available through several programs in PA. Low-income customers also can reduce their electric bills with the WARM Program. Read on...
  23. Westmoreland welcomes therapy dogs to courthouse

    There will be a friendly face on the fourth floor of the Westmoreland County Courthouse. Additional Info...
  24. 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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