Human Services (DHS)

Whether in an emergency or dealing with a long-term concern, the Department of Human Services (DHS) has programs and services to help.

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Feeling overwhelmed, anxious, or don't know where to turn? Browse the full list of hotlines and call centers to connect with a specialist any time of day, 365 days a year.

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Most Recent News

State of Human Services

Erin Dalton, Director of Allegheny County Department of Human Services, will present key updates, reflect on accomplishments, and share work underway for the coming year. A live Q&A session will follow.

Opioid Settlement Funds

On August 31, 2022, Allegheny County received its first payment related to the settlement of litigation against manufacturers, distributors, and associated consultants for the opioid industry. The litigation settlement will yield $82 million in total payouts to Allegheny County through December 2038. 

Download the summary(DOCX, 54KB) to learn more about the settlement.

Support and Engagement

Hotlines, helplines and warmlines
Feeling overwhelmed, anxious or don’t know where to turn? You aren’t alone. There are people who can talk you through it. Learn more

We want to hear from you
We want to know what you think about human services in Allegheny County. Any upcoming virtual public hearings can be found here. Check frequently for opportunities to let us know your thoughts. You can also contact the Director's Action Line at any time with questions, concerns or comments about any of the services we provide.

From time-to-time, DHS will send text messages to share information, conduct surveys, or provide updates on services. These texts will always come from 987-987. Because this line is not monitored, please contact the Director’s Action Line if you have a problem or question. The Director’s Action Line can be reached at 1-800-862-6783, by texting “Action” to 412-324-3388, or by sending an email to

Awareness building
DHS engages in several efforts each year to raise awareness around human services-related issues. Learn more


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