Pennsylvania will celebrate the creativity of artists with a disability with its second statewide art contest, Art: the Universal Language. Artists of all ages are encouraged to submit images of their paintings, drawings, photos, 3-D items, or multi-media pieces.
Artistic expression offers unique opportunities for people to appreciate and understand the talent and perspectives of Pennsylvanians with a disability. A team of judges will choose winners based on originality, imagination, visual interest, and skillful use of materials.
The art contest is a collaboration between the Department of Human Services (DHS), The Arc of Pennsylvania, PA Mental Health Consumers' Association, Pennsylvania Statewide Independent Living Council, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.
"The creation of art in all forms provides the ability to communicate one's creativity, personality, and passions in a very unique and individualized way," said First Lady Frances Wolf. "I commend the Department of Human Services, the Council on the Arts and all of the partners that made this contest possible. And I wish the best of luck to all those participating."
When the contest was held in 2014, artists submitted more than 350 works of art, including textiles, watercolors, oils, sculpture, jewelry, photographs, and mixed media pieces.
Information, contest entry form, and winning artwork from the previous contest can be found here.
Deadline for submitting materials is Monday, August 15, 2016. Winners will be honored at a ceremony this fall.
PA Department of Human Services (DHS) has distributed a reminder that the deadline is rapidly approaching for Medical Assistance provider enrollment/revalidation.
1. Providers will not receive payment if they are not enrolled/revalidated.
2. Payments cannot be made retroactively.
3. If a provider's application is not received by July 30, 2016, it will not receive payments beginning September 25.
Click here to check the status of your application or apply online today.
Strategy will focus on serving more people in the community.
Harrisburg, PA – Today, the leaders of the Department of Human Services (DHS), the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA), and the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) released a five-year housing strategy to connect Pennsylvanians to affordable, integrated, and supportive housing.
DHS Secretary Ted Dallas was joined by Brian Hudson, executive director & CEO of the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis Davin, and DHS’ executive housing director, Ben Laudermilch, at the unveiling event at Shepherd’s Crossing in Mechanicsburg. Shepherd’s Crossing is an inclusive workforce housing community.
“Too many Pennsylvanians live in institutions when they could live at home with the right supports. Too many are rent-burdened and too many Pennsylvanians experience or are at risk of homelessness,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “Today is about working together to find ways to make better use of our resources so that we can make affordable housing a reality for more Pennsylvanians.”
“Ninety-five percent of Pennsylvanians who need these services want to live in their community, not in an institution or a nursing home. But right now, we can only serve 51 percent of them in the community,” said Secretary Dallas. “Governor Wolf and all of us here today are committed to promoting independence and giving all people, regardless of their age or disability, a voice in choosing where they live. If we are successful, the services we provide will match what our clients want and, because community-based care costs about half of institutional care, we can also save millions of taxpayer dollars.”
The strategy outlines the problems with the current state of housing opportunities for individuals with targeted goals and solutions spanning through 2020. The proposal addresses the following populations:
“We are thrilled to partner with DHS and DCED to bring light to this critical issue hindering Pennsylvanians throughout the state. We are committed to establishing supportive housing opportunities to the states vulnerable citizens, and maximizing each individuals chance to succeed,” said Brian Hudson.
The plan’s goal is to leverage internal and external resources to collaborate with all levels of government and private agencies to make housing resources and services more accessible and available to a wide range of individuals served by state and local government.
“This plan marks another great illustration of the implementation of Governor Wolf’s Government that Works initiative and DCED is extremely proud to be at the table for this collaboration,” said Secretary Davin. “It’s a part of our role at DCED to address the needs of Pennsylvania’s communities and through implementation of this plan we can begin to address the need for housing opportunities.”
Some of the initial steps announced today include the following:
“There is no quick fix to addressing these issues,” said Secretary Dallas. “This is a marathon and not a sprint. Comprehensively addressing housing issues will take more than the steps we are announcing today and will take some time to complete. The strategy we announced today lays out our vision for the next five years and the steps we will have to take to bring this vision closer to reality.”
Click here for more information on the housing strategy and to view a video regarding the housing strategy.
The Allegheny County Department of Human Services has thirty vacancies for County Caseworker 2 (ten of them assigned for bilinguals).
This agency also has five vacancies for County Social Services Aide 2, all of which are bilingual needs.
To learn more about each opportunity, go to www.scsc.pa.gov. Click on the Job Seekers menu, and choose the Open Test Announcements option. Click announcement #2006-713 to learn more about County Caseworker 2. Click announcement #1995-574 to learn more about County Social Services Aide 2. Each test announcement will provide information regarding the nature of work, minimum requirements, and other pertinent details. Apply for your job title of choice at www.scsc.pa.gov.
Log in to the Online Services section of the homepage. Select View Open Announcements & Apply from the menu, and reference announcement #2006-713 for County Caseworkers, to submit your application and schedule your exam. Choose job code L0624 for County Caseworker 2.
If applying for County Social Services Aide 2, log in to the Online Services section of the homepage, choose View Open Announcements & Apply from the menu, and reference announcement #1995-574 for County Social Services Aides to submit your application and schedule your exam. Choose job code L0621 for County Social Services Aide 2.
If you are bilingual, be sure to indicate this when applying. Also, be sure to indicate employment availability in Allegheny County.
Attached is a promotional flyer with details about these opportunities, including contact information for job-related inquiries. For questions about the application and testing process, please contact the State Civil Service Commission at (717) 783-3058. Please share this information throughout your respective networks so that we may assist the Allegheny County Department of Human Services with meeting these important employment needs.
by Pamela Zotynia, Executive Director, The Arc of Luzerne County
For decades, The Arc has fought for the rights of people with disabilities, including the right to work. Today, we celebrate a major step forward with Governor Wolf signing HB 400, an Act that will provide Work Experience for High School Students with Disabilities. We applaud our legislators for supporting this bill, especially Representative Gingrich and Senator Lisa Baker, who championed this bill from the beginning. And we thank Governor Wolf for signing the bill so quickly.
Click here to read the official press release from the Governor's office.
Edited at 10:51pm