Wolf’s COVID-19 disaster declaration authority permits crucial food assistance for Pa. | Teresa Miller

BY: - April 14, 2021

In Pennsylvania, the constitutional amendment questions on the ballot this May could put all of this money for food, and all of the families who rely on it, at risk.

Wolf taps top aide Meg Snead to lead Human Services Department following Sec.Teresa Miller’s resignation

BY: - March 23, 2021

In a statement, Wolf said he’d nominated administration Policy & Planning Secretary Meg Snead to fill the looming vacancy at one the state’s largest agencies. 

SNAP eligibility expanded to include college students, state officials confirm

BY: - February 8, 2021

During a briefing with reporters, state Department of Human Services Secretary Teresa Miller said new federal funding approved in December made this change in SNAP benefits, popularly known as food stamps, possible. 

On anniversary of landmark case, DHS faces allegations it violated law protecting those with disabilities

BY: - August 4, 2020

The case alleges that the state agency violated the Olmstead decision after it placed Doxzon in a nursing facility, despite her desire to remain in the community.

Wolf announces $53M in aid to child care centers to help them through pandemic

BY: - July 6, 2020

Pa. has already distributed $51 million in funding to eligible childcare providers, with another $116 million to be distributed in the coming months.

Pa. rolls out new pandemic food assistance program

BY: - May 28, 2020

The program is one of two new efforts intended to assist residents who are struggling to make ends meet during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sent back to work, state human service workers say their offices aren’t prepared for the coronavirus

BY: - March 23, 2020

Workers sent back to work included employees working in four southeast counties that Wolf had previously shut down over coronavirus concerns, according to internal emails viewed by the Capital-Star.

Wolf admin ending non-profit clothing grants in favor of cash, raising GOP concerns

BY: - March 6, 2020

Nonprofit groups and legislative Republicans say they aren’t happy with a plan to provide job-seekers on public assistance with $150 in cash to buy professional clothing. Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration, who proposed the change as part of a broad cost-saving measure to get welfare recipients into careers, argues that switching to direct cash payments instead […]

Facing skeptical lawmakers, Human Services official makes $3M pitch for funding for Planned Parenthood

BY: - February 26, 2020

In a Wednesday appearance before the Senate Appropriations Committee, Department of Human Services Secretary Teresa D. Miller assured lawmakers that the healthcare provider would have to undergo independent audits, and sign a contract to ensure that the public funds are not used for abortions.

‘Everyone counts:’ Rally kicks off Pa’s 2020 census push

BY: - January 13, 2020

Second lady Gisele Fetterman and state agency heads gathered in the Capitol Rotunda on Monday to make sure that everyone is included in the upcoming census count. 

State, union officials fear economic fallout from closure of centers serving Pennsylvanians with intellectual disabilities

BY: - August 16, 2019

The two state centers, White Haven in Luzerne County and Polk in Venango, will be gradually shut down over the next three years.


How raising the minimum wage helps get people work their way off public assistance | Opinion

BY: - June 21, 2019

Pennsylvania has fallen asleep at the wheel when it comes to protecting low-income workers from slipping into a cycle of poverty.