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Attorneys for Equity Forward, Real Alternatives make their arguments in court over open records

BY: - March 7, 2022

“This is not DHS’s money,” Voss, of Philadelphia-based Kleinbard LLC, told the court, noting that service providers are free to use state grant funding however they please, including by giving it back to Real Alternatives, if they choose.

Health care providers, state officials tout new initiatives to combat rise in maternal mortality

BY: - March 1, 2022

In Pennsylvania, pregnancy-related deaths grew by more than 21 percent in the five years between 2013 and 2018, officials said.

Pa. human services, corrections departments launch doula program for incarcerated mothers

BY: - February 14, 2022

SCI-Muncy and SCI-Cambridge Springs, both all-female facilities, can hold an average of seven to eight pregnant people at any given time, a Department of Corrections spokesperson said.

DHS unveils plan for Pa. American Rescue Plan dollars | Five for the Weekend

BY: - December 11, 2021

Happy weekend, all. The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services on Thursday shared the highlights of its spending plan for approximately $1.2 billion federal funding from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).  “We have an unprecedented opportunity with this federal funding to support those who have been supporting individuals and families in our communities throughout the pandemic,” acting DHS Secretary Meg Snead said […]

Ten years after Sandusky case, more work needed to protect Pa.’s kids, advocate says

BY: - November 15, 2021

In 2017, Pennsylvania received more child abuse reports than any other year on record, according to state data

New state online tool aims to ID, address health inequities across Pa.

BY: - August 19, 2021

The tool, an interactive data dashboard known as PA HEAT or the Pennsylvania Health Equity Analysis Tool, aims to give providers, community organizations and the public the opportunity to address health equity concerns in their communities.

As federal eviction moratorium ends, state officials tell Pennsylvanians to apply for rental assistance

BY: - July 26, 2021

Pa. received approximately $569 million in federal funds to assist renters, landlords and utility companies affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

New initiative aims to give Pennsylvanians with intellectual, development disabilities greater vaccines access

BY: - May 4, 2021

On a call with reporters Tuesday, state officials announced the partnership between Rite Aid pharmacies statewide and the Department of Human Services Office of Developmental Programs (ODP). 

What’s in a name? Seven top state officials lead under ‘acting’ label; await Senate confirmation

BY: - April 4, 2021

In order to remove the “acting” label from their titles, the seven state officials will need to be confirmed by the state Senate by  a two-thirds majority. 

A look at the 2020-2021 stopgap budget: Health & Human Services | The Numbers Racket

BY: - July 13, 2020

This week, in part three of our look at the five-month budget plan, we’ll go deep on the changes being made to funding for the Department of Health and the Department of Human Services.

Another look at CARES Act spending in Pa.: How health and social programs benefit | The Numbers Racket

BY: - June 15, 2020

This week we look at CARES Act funding be distributed to the Department of Health, Human Services, Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, property tax relief and Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency.

Pa.’s child abuse hotline is now run out of employees’ homes, but receiving far fewer tips than normal

BY: - April 14, 2020

The precipitous drop in call volume is consistent with the warnings that child abuse experts sounded to the Capital-Star last month, when they said that social distancing orders put in place by the Wolf administration would cut children off from teachers, day care providers, and other adults who are mandated by law to report suspected child abuse to the authorities.