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Shapiro Administration Highlights Governor’s Proposed Budget Investments to Support Food Access for Older Pennsylvanians and People with Disabilities, Reduce Health Disparities Across Pennsylvania

06/12/2024
DHS visited The Factory Ministries (or “The Food Hub”) in Lancaster to highlight new investments in Governor Josh Shapiro’s 2024-25 proposed budget to support Pennsylvanians facing hunger.

Shapiro Administration Highlights Governor’s Proposed Budget Investments to Support Food Access for Older Pennsylvanians and People with Disabilities, Reduce Health Disparities Across Pennsylvania

06/12/2024
DHS visited The Factory Ministries (or “The Food Hub”) in Lancaster to highlight new investments in Governor Josh Shapiro’s 2024-25 proposed budget to support Pennsylvanians facing hunger.

Shapiro Administration Reminds Pennsylvanians to Be Aware of EBT Card Skimming Devices, Reminds Public that Stolen SNAP Benefits Can Be Replaced

06/06/2024
DHS is reminding Pennsylvanians who receive SNAP benefits to remain vigilant in protecting their EBT cards and personal information and to avoid being the victim of card skimming.

ICYMI: Governor Shapiro’s Proposed Budget Investment in Intellectual Disabilities and Autism Services, Workforce Receives Bipartisan Support

05/31/2024
Republican and Democratic members of the General Assembly joined Secretary Arkoosh to talk about the need for historic investments in Governor Josh Shapiro’s 2024-25 proposed budget, which would increase the number of Pennsylvanians who can access intellectual disability and autism (ID/A) services, with legislators calling the Governor’s proposed investment “a no-brainer.”

In Pittsburgh, Shapiro Administration Highlights Proposed Investments to Increase Housing Supports, Reduce Evictions and Homelessness

05/31/2024
DHS visited Pittsburgh non-profit, ACTION-Housing to discuss the significant new investments in Governor Josh Shapiro’s 2024-25 proposed budget to help Pennsylvanians facing housing insecurity and homelessness.

In Erie, Shapiro Administration Highlights Governor’s Proposal for Major Investments in Intellectual Disabilities and Autism Services, Workforce

05/30/2024
DHS visited Barber National Institute, a provider serving Pennsylvanians with ID/A and talked with self-advocates, parents, and direct support professionals about the need for the historic investments in Governor Josh Shapiro’s 2024-25 proposed budget.

Shapiro Administration Highlights Governor’s Proposed Budget Investments in Crisis Services, Behavioral Health Funding

05/30/2024
DHS visited the Center for Community Resources, a non-profit human services provider that operates a 988 National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline call center as well as behavioral health crisis response services.

Shapiro Administration Highlights Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Resources for Older Pennsylvanians, Governor’s Proposed Investments in Behavioral Health Funding

05/29/2024
&nbsp;<br>DHS and Aging met with 200 Area Agency on Aging local service providers and others who work with older adults at the 2024 Aging and Behavioral Health Conference to discuss resources available for older Pennsylvanians experiencing mental health issues and substance use disorders.

Department Of Human Services, Blair County Enter into Settlement Agreement to Improve the County’s Office of Children, Youth, And Families

05/29/2024
DHS and Blair County have negotiated and entered into a settlement agreement to improve operations at Blair County Children, Youth and Families

Shapiro Administration Leads National Mass Care Training Exercise, Collaborates with Partners Across Public and Private Sectors to Improve Disaster Responses

05/21/2024
DHS and PEMA joined representatives from multiple state agencies, county and local governments, private sector agencies, federal partners, and fifteen other states for the 2024 Keystone 6, National Mass Care Exercise held at Shippensburg University.

Shapiro Administration and Montgomery County Officials Highlight Governor’s Proposed Investments in Behavioral Health Funding, Honor Behavioral Health Services Employee

05/17/2024
DHS visited Montgomery County to highlight behavioral health investments in Governor Josh Shapiro’s 2024-25 proposed budget and to present the 2024 Dennis Marion Impact Award to LeeAnn Moyer for her decades of public service and positive impact.

In Armstrong County, Shapiro Administration Highlights Needed Budget Investment Proposal to Support Access to Intellectual Disability and Autism Services, Invest in Direct Care Workforce

05/16/2024
DHS visited Lifesteps, a provider serving western Pennsylvanians with intellectual disabilities and autism (ID/A) to discuss the life-changing investments in Governor Josh Shapiro’s 2024-25 proposed budget for the ID/A community across the Commonwealth.

Shapiro Administration Highlights Proposed Investments in Access to Child Care for Working Families During Visit with Beaver County Child Care Center, Reinforces Commitment to Supporting Providers and Investing in Early Education

05/09/2024
DHS visited Tiny Tot Child Development Center to discuss the Shapiro Administration’s commitment to the child care industry through continued investments in early learning programs proposed in the 2024-25 Budget.

ICYMI: Department of Human Services Secretary Highlights Governor Shapiro’s Historic Budget Investments in Intellectual Disability and Autism Services, Workforce

05/09/2024
DHS Secretary Dr. Val Arkoosh recently published two opinion pieces highlighting the historic investments for intellectual disability and autism (ID/A) services and the ID/A workforce in Governor Josh Shapiro’s 2024-25 proposed budget.

In Allegheny County, Shapiro Administration Highlights Governor’s Plan to Invest in Intellectual Disabilities and Autism, Behavioral Health Services

05/09/2024
DHS visited Partners For Quality and talked with self-advocates, parents, employers, and direct support professionals in the ID/A and behavioral health communities about the historic ID/A investments and continued support for county behavioral health programs in Governor Josh Shapiro’s 2024-25 proposed budget. 

Shapiro Administration Recognizes Trauma and Mental Health Awareness Month

05/01/2024
Today, the Shapiro Administration encouraged Pennsylvanians to focus on their mental health as leaders from multiple agencies marked May as Trauma and Mental Health Awareness Month. Pennsylvania is focused on expanding access to trauma-informed and healing-centered approaches so we can better respond to the needs of Commonwealth residents who have had adverse childhood or other serious, traumatic experiences to prevent and heal trauma.

Shapiro Administration Visits Snyder County to Highlight Child Welfare System Achievements, Spread Best Practices to Other PA Counties

04/26/2024
Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) Secretary Dr. Val Arkoosh and Child Advocate Maryann McEvoy visited Selinsgrove today for a roundtable discussion to mark Child Abuse Prevention Month and highlight the innovative collaborations and work that Snyder County is doing at all levels of its county government to help support children and families and prevent child abuse.

Shapiro Administration Celebrates Third Annual Early Childhood Education Equity Champion Award Winners During Month of the Young Child

04/24/2024
DHS and PDE celebrated the Third Annual Equity in Early Childhood Education (ECE) Champion Awards with recipients from across the Commonwealth in the Capitol Rotunda.

DHS Secretary Arkoosh Visits Arc of Lehigh and Northampton Counties to Hear How Gov. Shapiro’s Proposed Investments in ID/A Services Would Benefit Supported Individuals, Strengthen Pennsylvania’s Intellectual Disability and Autism Services, Workforce

04/19/2024
DHS visited The Arc of Lehigh and Northampton Counties to talk with caregivers, self-advocates, and professionals in the intellectual disability and autism (ID/A) community about the historic ID/A investments in Governor Josh Shapiro’s 2024-25 proposed budget.

Governor Shapiro, DHS Secretary Arkoosh Hear from Pennsylvanians with ID/A, Caregivers, and Advocates About How Historic Budget Proposal Would Expand ID/A Services

04/18/2024
The Governor visited BARC Development Services in Warminster to hear how his proposed budget investments would address the workforce shortage of direct support professionals and help more Pennsylvanians with ID/A receive the home and community-based services they need, when they need them.

Shapiro Administration Warns of Potential SNAP Benefits Scam, Reminds Public of Safe Ways to Apply for Assistance

04/11/2024
DHS is informing Pennsylvanians of a text message scam targeting individuals who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

Shapiro Administration Reminds Pennsylvanians to Apply for Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Before Season Ends, Announces Plan to Restart Cash Grants After Federal Budget Negotiations

04/02/2024
DHS reminded Pennsylvanians with low incomes who need assistance covering the cost of home heating bills to apply for LIHEAP before the end of the day on Friday, April 5, 2024.

Shapiro Administration Highlights Long-Overdue Budget Investment Proposal in Intellectual Disability and Autism Services, Workforce

03/27/2024
DHS visited Penn-Mar Human Services to discuss the life-changing investments in Governor Josh Shapiro’s 2024-25 proposed budget for the intellectual disability and autism (ID/A) communities.

Shapiro Administration Announces Expansion of Access to Doulas Through Change in Medicaid, Highlights Budget Investments to Improve Maternal Health

03/26/2024
DHS and DOH visited Patients R Waiting to discuss the Shapiro Administration’s recent work to address maternal health disparities through expanded Medicaid access to doulas.

Pennsylvania Selected for National Effort to Address Health-Related Social Needs and Advance Health Equity in Medicaid

03/25/2024
DHS announced that Pennsylvania is one of nine states chosen to participate in a national series that will help states in developing, implementing, or refining health-related social needs initiatives for Medicaid populations.

Shapiro Administration, ID/A Advocates Highlight Transformative Budget Proposal for Intellectual Disability and Autism Services, Workforce to Ensure Pennsylvanians Get the Services They Need

03/22/2024
DHS joined a roundtable discussion about the major budget investments in home- and community-based services for Pennsylvanians with intellectual disabilities and autism as well as reimbursement rates for providers to enable them to increase wages for direct support professionals who provide essential care and support every day.

Department of Human Services Highlights Research and Resources for Aging Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities and Autism

03/20/2024
DHS released the latest issue of the Positive Approaches Journal. This edition focuses on the aging process in those with intellectual disabilities and autism and offers resources and solutions.

Shapiro Administration Announces Plan for $21 Million Gap in Federal Funding for Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), Temporarily Pauses Cash Payments, Crisis Grants Remains Available

03/15/2024
Harrisburg, PA – Department of Human Services (DHS) Secretary Dr. Val Arkoosh today outlined the Shapiro Administration’s plans to continue distributing LIHEAP assistance grants to Pennsylvanians while the Commonwealth waits for the remaining 10 percent of federal funding for the program currently being held back by Congress.

Shapiro Administration Warns of Potential SNAP Benefits Scam, Reminds Public of Safe Ways to Apply for Assistance

03/12/2024
DHS is informing Pennsylvanians of a potential scam targeting individuals who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.
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