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“Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program Applications Being Accepted”

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This November 8, 2014 Levittown Now article offers information about the Pennsylvania LIHEAP program and includes links to information about where to apply.

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“PA welfare department gets a new name”

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This September 24, 2014 WFMZ-TV News segment talks about a new law signed by Governor Corbett that officially changes the name of the Department of Public Welfare to be the Department of Human Services.  The name is felt to better encompass what the agency does or provides.

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“Conference tackles mental health issues: Treatment or incarceration”

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This April 19, 2013 article found on the Warren Times-Observer website talks about a conference recently held at the Interfaith Chapel on the Warren State Hospital grounds.  Based on the article it seems like the conference was for getting mental health providers and corrections related employees into the same room to discus what’s broken and what can be done to fix it in regards to the situation where corrections facilities are holding more and more inmates with mental health issues. Many questions were raised in the article.

 

While I’m encouraged to see these folks sitting down and talking to each other, I am concerned that there is one group that may have been overlooked.  The group I have in mind is the people who will be effected by any decisions made by the professionals who attended this meeting.  That group being the folks who receive services from these agencies.  I know Beacon Light has a Consumer Advisory board, so I suspect there is a chance that Beacon Light will at some point be including the folks they serve, but what about the other agencies represented, will they too include representative of the people they serve?

 

 

 

“New technology may expedite DHS services”

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DHS in Warren County, PA is one of the test counties for a program utilizing tablet PC’s to aid employees in managing paperwork demands more efficiently.  The articl found in the June 2, 2010 edition of the Warren Times-Observer describes the technology and the testing program in greater detail.

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