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Awareness and prevention
DHS general
en Español
For persons 60 years of age and older
For persons with mental health and /or substance use disorders
For families involved with the child welfare system 
For individuals and families who could benefit from a helping hand  
For individuals with a diagnosis of intellectual disability 

DHS training opportunities 

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DHS General

DHS Conferencing and Teaming
The common, universal case management practice in use at DHS.

Department of Human Services (English)     Department of Human Services (Large Print)
Includes a brief overview of DHS services and related phone numbers. 
El Departamento de Servicios Humanos (Español)
Incluye una breve descripción de los servicios del DHS y los números de teléfono relacionados.
 
 
Allegheny County Music Festival Fund 
Enriches the lives of children served by DHS by paying for meaningful items and opportunities. The ACMFF is funded by two annual benefit events.

Allegheny Link to Aging and Disability Resources
Provides assistance to older adults and people of any age with disabilities so they may safely maintain their independence, dignity and quality of life.

The Director's Action Line (DAL)    The Director's Action Line (DAL) large print card 
Addresses concerns and complaints and answers questions about any services provided by DHS.
 
Línea de Acción del Director (LAD)    Línea de Acción del Director (LAD) en Español card 
Direcciones de las preocupaciones y quejas y responde a preguntas sobre cualquier servicio proporcionado por el DHS

Disability Connection    The Disability Connection - Large print 
Advocates on behalf of individuals with disabilities and their families.

Holiday Project
Brightens the holidays of children receiving child welfare services by providing gifts donated by the community.

Project Prom 
Provides free formal attire to eligible high school students so they can attend their prom affordably and in style.

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Awareness and Prevention

Be an involved dad even while you are incarcerated
Be an involved mom even while you are incarcerated
It is possible and important for incarcerated parents to stay involved in their child's life. These brochures list rights and responsibilities of parents who are incarcerated.

Choose Your Partner Carefully - Your Baby is Counting on You (brochure)
Choose Your Caregiver Carefully - Your Baby is Counting on You (brochure)
Choosing an appropriate caregiver, including a care-giving partner, is one of the most important decisions a parent can make. Just because someone is a lover, relative or close friend does not mean they are capable of taking care of a child. This brochure gives some tips to help you choose a safe caregiver for your child.

Elige a tu pareja atentamente – tu bebé depende de ti (folleto) 
Elige a tu proveedor de cuidado atentamente – tu bebé depende de ti (folleto)
La elección de un proveedor de cuidado apropiado, incluyendo a un cónyuge que provee cuidado, es una de las decisiones más importantes que un padre o una madre puede hacer. Sólo porque alguien es un amante, pariente, o buen amigo no quiere decir que la persona se puede cuidar bien a los niños. Este folleto da algunos consejos para ayudarle a elegir un socio que tendrá buen cuidado de su hijo.

Home Alone - Is your child ready?
Helps parents think about all the factors that are important when deciding if a child is ready to be left home alone. (Disponible en español, por debajo)

Solo en casa – ¿Estu listo tu hijo?
Ayuda a los padres pensar en todos los factores que son importantes al decidir si un niño está listo para ser dejado solo en casa.

 

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For persons 60 years of age and older (Area Agency on Aging)

Advocacy for Persons in Long-term Care (Ombudsman)
Answers questions about how persons who are living in long-term, out-of-home care settings can register complaints through the Ombudsman program about the services they are receiving.

AAA Aging Waiver Service Coordination Program  
Older adults who meet eligibility guidelines can get help in navigating, selecting and coordinating services to help them stay in their homes.

Allegheny Link to Aging and Disability Resources
Provides assistance to older adults and people of any age with disabilities so they may safely maintain their independence, dignity and quality of life.

Area Agency on Aging
Provides a general overview of Area Agency on Aging services available to Allegheny County residents 60 years of age and older. 
Agencia Regional de la Tercera Edad (Español) 
Proporciona una visión general de la Agencia del Área sobre los servicios disponibles para Adultos Mayores residentes del condado de Allegheny de 60 años de edad y mayores. 
Area Agency on Aging (Russian)  Ofise zanimaushiisya pogilumi ludmi 

Asistencia Alimenticia (Food Assistance, Español) 
Proporciona una descripción e información de contacto para los programas que ayudan a quienes lo necesitan para conseguir el alimento suficiente.

Carrier Alert
Utilizes U.S. postal carriers who alert authorities when, based on an accumulation of mail, they feel an older adult on their route might be having a problem.

Dom Care
Provides a "home setting" alternative as the long-term living arrangement for older adults and persons with disabilities.

Family Caregiver Support
Helps individuals who welcome frail family members or friends over the age of 60 years into their homes and care for them there.

Food Assistance
Provides descriptions and contact information for programs that help those in need to get sufficient food.

Nursing Home Transition
Provides information for older adults and persons with disabilities who would prefer to move from a nursing home to live independently, with supports, in a home environment.

Older Adult Protective Services
Provides information about reporting the abuse and/or neglect of an older adult.

Senior Companion Program 
Provides information about how to become a companion to an older adult and the benefits of being a companion.

Senior Training and Employment Program (STEP) 
Provides information about employment and training opportunities for those 55 years of age and older.

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For persons with mental health and/or substance use disorders (Office of Behavioral Health)

Bureau of Adult Mental Health Services
Provides information about the mental health services available to Allegheny County residents.

Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services
Provides information about drug and alcohol treatment services.  Includes prevention services and an after-hours hotline number.

Justice Related Services
Provides information about services especially designed to support persons with mental health or substance use disorders who become or are involved with the criminal justice system.

Pharmacy Benefit Program 
Provides information about the program that supplies psychiatric prescription medications at no cost to eligible individuals. Eligibility is based on income.

Service Coordination 
Provides information about help that is available to persons who are working through their recovery from mental illness or substance use disorders.

Servicios de Drogus y Alcohol
Responder e?cazmente a las necesidades y empoderar a las personas durante su tratamiento y recuperación para vivir exitosamente en sus comunidades.

Servicios de Salud Mental
Proporciona información sobre los servicios de salud mental a disposición de los residentes del condado de Allegheny.

Where to Call -- Directory of Mental Health and Drug and Alcohol Services
Names and contact information of organizations in Allegheny County that provide a wide range of services for persons with mental health or substance use disorders.

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For families involved with the child welfare system (Office of Children, Youth and Families)

Office of Children, Youth and Families
Provides an overview of services for families at risk for or experiencing child abuse and/or neglect. Includes contact information for regional CYF offices. 
Oficina de Niños, Jóvenes y Familia (Español)
Proporciona una visión general de los servicios para las familias en riesgo o víctimas de abuso infantil y / o negligencia. Incluye información de contacto de las oficinas regionales de CYF. 

A Parent's Handbook
This handbook is provided to every family as they enter the child welfare system. It details the rights and responsibilities of the parents, court and child welfare system. It also provides an overview of what can be expected when involved with CYF. (Disponible en español, por debajo.)Choosing an appropriate caregiver, including a care-giving partner, is one of the most important decisions a parent can make. Just because someone is a lover, relative or close friend does not mean they are capable of taking care of a child. 

Be an involved mom, even when you're incarcerated
Be an involved dad, even when you're incarcerated
Provides tips to parents who are in jail about how to remain as active as possible in their child's lives.

DADS (Dads Assisting Dads)
This brochure contains information about the program designed to help fathers stay engaged in the lives of their children.

Family Group Decision Making
Provides information about Family Group Decision Making which brings members of the immediate and extended family together to fulfill a family service plan with the goal of a re/unified family.

Family Matters
This booklet contains information about ways family and close family friends can assist their loved ones who are involved in the child welfare system.

Foster Parenting
Provides information about how to become a foster parent and what foster parenting entails.

Manual para Padres
Este manual se proporciona a cada familia cuando entran en el sistema de bienestar infantil. Este manual se proporciona a cada familia cuando entran en el sistema de bienestar infantil. En él se detallan los derechos y responsabilidades de los padres, los tribunales y sistema de bienestar infantil. También proporciona una visión general de lo que se puede esperar cuando se involucren con CYF.
 

Permanent Legal Custodianship
Provides information about how, as an alternative to adoption, PLC provides a high level of permanency for a child.

 

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For individuals and families who could benefit from a helping hand (Office of Community Services)

 Asistencia Alimenticia  (Food Assistance, Spanish)
Proporciona una descripción e información de contacto para los programas que ayudan a quienes lo necesitan para conseguir el alimento suficiente.

Servicios para la Familia y la Comunidad (Español)
Proporciona información sobre los servicios que permiten a los bajos ingresos y personas vulnerables y familias en el condado de Allegheny ser más auto-suficiente. 

Be an involved mom, even when you're incarcerated
Be an involved dad, even when you're incarcerated
Provides tips to parents who are in jail about how to remain as active as possible in their child's lives.

Bureau of Outreach and Prevention Services
Provides information about services that support families by supporting children in community-based settings.

EARN (Employment, Advancement and Retention Network) Program
Provides information about the EARN program which helps qualified individuals, who currently receive TANF or SNAP, earn their GEDs, obtain driver's licenses and gain employment.

Early Childhood Education Programs 
Providing infants, toddlers and preschool children with a comprehensive and flexible program designed to promote school readiness, increase academic awareness and enhance social interactions.

Food Assistance
Provides descriptions and contact information for programs that help those in need to get sufficient food.

Homeless Services
Provides details of options available to individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. 

KEYS Service Corps - AmeriCorps
Provides information about KEYS AmeriCorps program.

Medical Assistance Transportation Program (MATP)
Provides information about MATP which provides low-income individuals with free or reduced-rate transportation to and from non-emergency medical appointments.

Project Prom
Provides free formal attire to eligible high school students so they can attend their prom affordably and in style.

Senior Training and Employment Program (STEP) 
Provides information about employment and training opportunities for those 55 years of age and older.

 

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For individuals with a diagnosis of intellectual disability (Office of Intellectual Disability)

Office of Intellectual Disability
Provides information about services for persons with a diagnosis of intellectual disability who live in Allegheny County.

Oficina de Discapacidad Intelectual 
Proporciona información sobre los servicios para personas con retraso mental que viven en el condado de Allegheny.

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DHS Training Opportunities

Credential for Strengths-based Family Workers (SFW) 
Provides information about the SFW program, including how to obtain SFW credentials.

Safe Start
Provides information about Safe Start in Allegheny County which works to reduce violence in the lives of young children, and identify and successfully intervene in the lives of young children who witness violence.

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