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The Human Services Building, headquarters of DHS, located at One Smithfield Street, Pittsburgh, 15222

The Allegheny County Department of Human Services (DHS) was created in 1997 to consolidate the provision of human services across Allegheny County. 

DHS is responsible for providing and administering publicly-funded human services to Allegheny County residents. DHS is dedicated to meeting these human services needs, most particularly for the county's vulnerable populations, through an extensive range of information exchange, prevention, early intervention, case management, crisis intervention and after-care services.

DHS provides a wide range of services, including services for older adults; mental health and drug and alcohol services (includes 24-hour crisis counseling); child protective services; at-risk child development and education; hunger services; emergency shelters and housing for the homeless; non-emergency medical transportation; job training and placement for public assistance recipients and older adults; and services for individuals with a diagnosis of intellectual disability.

The Director’s Action Line (DAL) 1-800-862-6783 operates during normal business hours to answer questions and field concerns about any service provided through DHS.

The Allegheny County Department of Human Services does not discriminate against anyone on the basis of a protected class including: race; color; religion; national origin; ancestry or place of birth; sex; gender identity or expression; sexual orientation; disability; marital status; familial status; age (40 and older); use of guide or support animal because of blindness, deafness or physical disability.   


Related information

DHS Counts! DHS Consumer Statistics for 2013
Find interesting statistics about the number of persons DHS assisted in 2013. 

DHS One-page Summary includes annual totals for budget, persons served, providers and staff, contact information and an overview of the services offered through DHS Offices.

DHS-contracted agencies serving individuals and families
Based on the data contained in the DHS Master Provider Enterprise Repository (MPER). Updated twice per year.   

The Anatomy of County Human Services Funding, produced by the Pennsylvania Association of County Human Services Administrators (an affiliation of the County  Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP)), this 25-page document includes six sections of educational material entitled: The Framework of County Human Services Funding, A Case Study: Child Welfare Framework, Grant Systems, Funding Formulas, HealthChoices as a Model and Recommendations by CCAP. 

Building the Framework for Human Service Integration: Allegheny County, Pa. 
Policy and Practice Magazine, December 2011 

DHS/Community Resources to Support County Residents is a categorized list of links and phone numbers related to information about human services in Allegheny County. 

pdf.gif DHS Organizational Chart provides a high-level look at the organization of DHS. 

pdf.gif HSDF - County Human Services Safety Net, produced by the Pennsylvania Association of County Human Services Administrators (an affiliation of the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP)), this two-page document includes educational information about the history and utilization of the Human Services Development Fund.