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. Calls to suicide crisis centers have doubled since 2014

    The National Suicide Crisis Helpline saw calls double from 2014 to 2017, an increase in volume that coincides with rising suicide rates across the United States. Additional Info...
  2. Big Brothers Big Sisters local chapter struggling with low volunteer numbers

    “That breaks my heart. That absolutely breaks my heart.” Those are the words of Jeff Roberts, a longtime volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters, when he heard how many children are currently waiting to get a Big Brother or Big Sister of their own. Additional Info...
  3. ADHD linked to teen digital media use

    Teenagers who frequently use digital media are more likely to develop attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, according to a new study. Additional Info...
  4. WESTMORELAND Signups underway for Greensburg Salvation Army's Back to School Bash

    The Salvation Army’s “Back 2 School Bash” is returning to Greensburg for its sixth year August 18, providing loads of freebies to schoolchildren who need them. Additional Info...
  5. Support circle: Family caregivers share stories and tips to ease Alzheimer's toll

    Vicki Bartholomew started a support group for wives who are caring for a husband with Alzheimer’s disease because she needed that sort of group herself. Additional Info...
  6. NBV Community Bank Park dedicates new section for children with disabilities

    Lisa Pollack of North Belle Vernon knows all too well what a visit to a public playground means to a child with a disability. Additional Info...
  7. Casual interactions: Even 'weak ties' to others can boost your physical, emotional health

    Close relationships with family and friends, we know, are important for our health and well-being. But what about the people who make up our broader social networks? Additional Info...
  8. Taking the mic for mental health

    Last August, Kym Lebak was sitting in the audience at Glitterbox Theater in Bloomfield, watching quietly as someone else performed her story. Additional Info...
  9. State Human services department admits to web glitch that exposed personal info of Pennsylvanians

    A technical problem temporarily enabled people to use a state web platform to access the personal information of Pennsylvanians with whom they previously shared a household, the state Department of Human Services said Friday. Additional Info...
  10. Dads Matter class starting in Mt. Pleasant

    A program aimed at helping dads is starting in Mt. Pleasant next month. Additional Info...
  11. New season of '13 Reasons Why' still targeted by doctors who say it glamorizes teen suicide

    Medical experts say Netflix and creators of the second season of 13 Reasons Why — streaming Friday — aren't doing enough to curb the increase in teen suicides and may be encouraging copycat cases. Additional Info...
  12. Westmoreland Transit plan could bring bus service to Monessen, West Newton

    The Westmoreland County Transit Authority (WCTA) is considering adding bus routes from Greensburg to Monessen and West Newton. Additional Info...
  13. Belle Vernon man will lead veteran bike ride from Pittsburgh to D.C. this weekend

    Considering the sacrifice many veterans have made for the country, biking a few hundred miles to Washington, D.C., doesn't seem like such a big deal. Additional Info...
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    Our Clubhouse Westmoreland offers support to those affected by cancer

    Our Clubhouse provides free cancer support for those living with cancer at any age, as well as the family & friends who care for them. See the July calendar. Additional Info...
  16. Nonprofit seeks volunteers to help sew holiday stockings for overseas military members

    Nonprofit group Military Connections is seeking volunteers as its members gear up for their annual sewing day, creating stockings that will be stuffed and shipped to military men and women stationed overseas at Christmas time. Additional Info...
  17. Unity's Zamosky elected president of Pennsylvania county veteran affairs offices

    Matt Zamosky of Unity was named to head the state organization that represents county veteran affairs offices Additional Info...
  18. Red Cross looking for blood donors to avoid summer shortages

    The Red Cross is looking for people to donate blood to alleviate shortages at hospitals over the summer. Additional Info...
  19. Pennsylvania OKs new college saving grants for newborns

    Pennsylvania is starting a program proposed by state Treasurer Joe Torsella to provide college savings accounts for newborns, beginning with a $100 grant. Additional Info...
  20. 'You can't sit at our table!' What to do when the bully is a senior citizen

    Fistfights over love interests, exclusion from lunch tables, name-calling and keyed cars — senior citizens are capable of more than one might think. Additional Info...
  21. Take Our Survey: Share Your Opinion on TRICARE and Military Health Care

    MOAA wants to know about your experience with military health care and the TRICARE program. We need all beneficiaries to take an important survey. MOAA will use the data to help shape legislation directly impacting your earned health care benefits. Additional Info...
  22. Westmoreland transit authority may jump on Uber-style rides

    Westmoreland County Transit Authority officials will consider drastic changes to their struggling bus service system, including a proposal to convert some of its rural routes to an Uber-like ride share program. Additional Info...
  23. Derry Township's Union Mission will make more room for homeless men

    The Union Mission in Derry Township is set to break ground Tuesday for a building that will expand its capacity to serve homeless men. Additional Info...
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  25. The changing face of deafness

    Less than 1 percent of babies in the United States are born with some level of hearing loss. That may not seem like much. But it means that up to 12,000 American children enter the world each year struggling to hear — or completely deaf. Additional Info...
  26. County hires firm to educate staffers about sexual harassment

    Westmoreland County commissioners on Thursday hired a Greensburg law firm to conduct seminars to educate government staffers about sexual harassment issues. Additional Info...
  27. Westmoreland County Transit OKs 10 percent fare hike for its shared-ride system

    Westmoreland County Transit officials Thursday approved a 10 percent fare hike for its shared-ride paratransit system used by senior and handicapped riders. Additional Info...
  28. Senate panel looks to fund Alzheimer's research and resources

    WASHINGTON – Public health leaders and caregivers coalesced Tuesday behind an effort to focus attention and funding on Alzheimer’s disease. Additional Info...
  29. A discovery about herpes and Alzheimer’s disease may open new avenues for treatment

    Researchers may have found a tiny culprit — human herpes virus — in the progressive loss of memory, thinking ability and identity that comes with Alzheimer’s disease. And it could be a big deal. Additional Info...
  30. Walmart campaign raises $55K for Westmoreland food bank

    Walmart shoppers helped raise $55,131.41 for the Westmoreland County Food Bank through the fifth annual “Fight Hunger. Spark Change” campaign in April. Additional Info...
  31. VA Releases National Suicide Data Report

    WASHINGTON — Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released findings from its most recent analysis of Veteran suicide data for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The report yields several important insights. Additional Info...
  32. Dump the majors? Poll finds high school students want skills that will get them hired

    The majority of high school students who will be entering college over the next three years would like to see more colleges promote education and skills training rather than only offering majors for future employment. Additional Info...
  33. Are women responsible for their own safety? Australians point fingers.

    Thousands of people gathered for a vigil Monday at the Melbourne park where less than a week ago a young comedian was raped and murdered, a crime whose grisly details have renewed a national conversation about violence against women. Additional Info...
  34. No more walking on egg shells: parents and adolescents open up about teenage depression

    “There is a difference between feeling sad about something and feeling depressed,” a high school student tells me. “With depression, daily tasks feel like moving mountains.” Additional Info...
  35. Study: 40 percent of Pa. households struggle to make ends meet

    “Should I pay the utilities bill or fix my husband’s broken car so he can get to work?” That’s what a caller from Indiana County asked the United Way’s 2-1-1 hotline which helps people in need find local resources. Additional Info...
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  37. Penn Area Library planning unique kids' events for this summer

    From an Appalachian corn-shuckin' party to an African 21-stringed harp player, the Penn Area Library has a host of unique programs on tap for children and parents this summer. Additional Info...
  38. Export Summer Playground Program kicks off next week

    Export Borough's annual Summer Playground Program will kick off on June 18, giving local children a chance to spend a few mornings each week enjoying activities, games, arts and crafts. Additional Info...
  39. Bach, 11 other seniors honored at state Capitol for anti-fraud work

    Murrysville consumer advocate Mary Bach was among 12 senior citizens recognized at the state Capitol on Monday for their work against frauds and scams. Additional Info...
  40. Westmoreland Wolves semi-pro football game to benefit West Newton teen cancer patient

    A person from Jessica Chopp's past made his way back into her present to help make a difference for her 17-year-old son, who is fighting cancer. Additional Info...
  41. Orajel for teething? No, says FDA, which tied drug to breathing issues

    Last month, the Food and Drug Administration told manufacturers to stop marketing over-the-counter teething products with the drug benzocaine. Additional Info...
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  45. Free meals for all students coming to Hutchinson Elementary School in Southwest Greensburg

    Breakfast and lunch will be free for all 610 students at Amos K. Hutchinson Elementary School in Southwest Greensburg starting in September. Additional Info...
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