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. Recommended beverages for children infographic

    Healthy Drinks, Health Kids: What the Research Shows

    Research shows that what children drink can have a big impact on their health. However, with so many choices available in the marketplace, it can be confusing for parents and caregivers to know which drinks are healthy and which ones to avoid. Additional Info...
  2. Murrysville woman named Big Brothers Big Sisters executive director

    "Having a job that is mission-driven makes it very easy to go to work everyday, especially when that mission is at-risk youth. When reading the stories of the children who have been impacted, it’s almost impossible to not want to help." Additional Info...
  3. Penn Township annual CROP Walk slated

    A group of Penn-Trafford area churches are encouraging people to join a walk around historic Bushy Run Battlefield in Penn Township on Oct. 13 as way to raise money to battle against hunger locally and globally. Additional Info...
  4. ‘Very Special Proms’ charity seeks donations after Hempfield flood damages dresses, more

    The Celebration of Life, which runs the annual Very Special Prom, is in need of help after flooding in July damaged donated gowns, dress shoes and other items set for sale at a flea market. Additional Info...
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  6. Westmoreland team to tackle Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail as part of annual Crucible Hike

    The hike is a fundraiser for the Pittsburgh-based nonprofit and its programs for military veterans. Participants will hike the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail, starting at mile 70 in Seward and ending at mile zero in Ohiopyle State Park. Additional Info...
  7. Getting Your Flu Shot Isn't Only About You, Doctors Say

    If you plan to visit your grandparents during the holidays or meet your friend’s new baby in the next couple months, you should get your flu shot, experts say. Additional Info...
  8. Research targeting vision loss topic of Latrobe Lions Sept. 24 program

    The CEO of the Eye and Ear Foundation of Pittsburgh will visit Latrobe later this month to provide an update on local research that is under way to combat macular degeneration and other conditions that can lead to vision loss. Additional Info...
  9. Abused kids are texting hotline for help, support

    When it comes to verbalizing experiences of maltreatment — neglect or physical, emotional or sexual abuse — texting a hotline for support could be an invaluable resource for a child, according to a new study. Additional Info...
  10. Westmoreland ECHO 1 pager in color.docx-page-001

    New housing opportunity for 60 and over in Westmoreland

    ECHO cottages are small, separate, manufactured residences that are temporarily placed in the side or rear yard of a host family (related by blood or marriage) for an older person. Read on...
  11. Jeannette schools to offer counseling to students, staff in wake of fatal shooting

    As classes resume in Jeannette City School District after a fatal shooting outside McKee Stadium during a football game Friday, neighboring schools have extended a hand to help any Jeannette students who need help coping with the traumatic incident. Additional Info...
  12. Westmoreland Conservancy will open Murrysville trail for people with mobility issues

    “Too often people with mobility issues are overlooked when it comes to outdoor opportunities, and the conservancy means to remedy that,” Malley said. Additional Info...
  13. October 4th: Mental Health America of SW PA Conference and Dinner

    Finding Balance: Interventions for Modern Problems, Mental Health America of Southwestern PA's annual conference and dinner. Additional Info...
  14. Grandparents with granddaugher in cap and gown graduating from college

    Podcast Series for Grandparents Raising Children due to Parents' SUD

    Listen in to this new series from Saint Vincent College Psychology professor Dr. Jessica Black. Additional Info...
  15. Living with childhood apraxia

    While incurable, what is certain is that specialized and intensive speech therapy — sometimes lifelong — can help a child lead a productive life. Early intervention is a must. Additional Info...
  16. Suicide awareness walk to spread ‘Hope’ in Greensburg’s Twin Lakes Park

    “A Promise of Hope” is the theme for Westmoreland County’s 13th annual Suicide Awareness and Prevention Walk, slated for Saturday at Twin Lakes Park near Greensburg. Additional Info...
  17. Murrysville Meals on Wheels seeks kitchen volunteers

    Four days a week, Murrysville Meals on Wheels volunteers prep meals at First Presbyterian Church’s Laird Hall from 8:15-11 a.m., before drivers make deliveries to between 50 and 60 clients. Additional Info...
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  19. Greensburg rally offers message of hope on National Overdose Awareness Day

    “We need to keep these connections going. I always say that connection is the opposite of addiction.” Additional Info...
  20. Gov. Wolf launches push for mandatory lead testing in children statewide

    Even low levels of lead have been linked to a child's IQ and ability to pay attention, how well he or she does in school and other behavioral issues. Additional Info...
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  22. Area Agency on Aging's Fall Newsletter is here!

    Senior Center Month, Health & Education Expo, Powerful Tools for Caregiver, Medicare counseling, Training for Mature Workers, and more! Read on...
  23. OPINION Patrick Kennedy: My brave cousin Saoirse was open about mental illness. Everyone should be.

    "Hiding these struggles does not work; too many people live in isolated shame and even die, untreated or unsupported in treatment, because of it. " Additional Info...
  24. Pennsylvania will close two state centers for intellectually disabled

    Many disability advocates believe community-based settings are far superior in caring for people and integrating them into the community, though family members of some who remain in institutions believe that is still the best place for their loved ones. Additional Info...
  25. I knew my patient as her husband’s superhero caregiver. Then she dropped her mask.

    When I saw Mrs. D. last week, it was the first time in years she had come into the office without her husband in tow.( Note: Find resources for caregivers in Westmoreland County at www.co.westmoreland.pa.us/2270/Caregiver-Support-Group-Meetings ) Additional Info...
  26. Experts: Stop blaming mental illness for mass shootings

    To some people, the act of indiscriminately shooting people is by itself evidence of mental illness. However, groups such as the American Psychological Association and the National Association for Mental Illness say that's not true. Read on...
  27. Grieving Harrison mother mentions suicide in daughter’s obituary to create awareness

    Gibb joins an increasing number of families who are choosing to be more honest about cause of death in obituaries in an effort to break the stigma and start a conversation about suicide and overdoses that have long been taboo in obituaries. Additional Info...
  28. Summer 2019 Inside Line

    The Summer 2019 Inside Line Newsletter is now available online. Read on...
  29. 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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