Pennsylvania Department of Human Services

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Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (formerly Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare)
Agency overview
Jurisdiction State government of Pennsylvania
Annual budget $20,020,564 (FY 2010)[1]
Agency executive
Website http://www.dhs.state.pa.us/

The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services is a cabinet-level state agency in Pennsylvania.[2] The agency, based in Harrisburg, seven program offices administer services that provide care and support to Pennsylvania's most vulnerable citizens. These services include eligibility and benefits determination, foster care, juvenile justice, early childhood development, services for persons with developmental disabilities, autism services, long term living programs, management of state psychiatric hospitals, and management of the Medical Assistance physical and behavioral health care programs. The Department consists of Executive Offices and seven Program Offices that include:

  • Office of Child Development and Early Learning
  • Office of Children, Youth and Families
  • Office of Developmental Programs
  • Office of Income Maintenance
  • Office of Long Term Living
  • Office of Medical Assistance Programs
  • Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services

Juvenile corrections[edit]

The Department of Human Services' (DHS) Bureau of Juvenile Justice Services (BJJS) is responsible for the administration, management, and oversight of Pennsylvania’s public facilities for adjudicated delinquent youth.[3] These facilities, called "youth development centers," serve as prisons for juveniles.[4]

Directly operated:

Under contract:

  • Cresson Secure Treatment Unit (CSTU) - Operated by Justice Resource Institute (JRI)[9]

Former facilities:

  • New Castle Youth Development Center (NCYDC)[10] - Shenango Township, Lawrence County - The facility, which opened in 1969, had 236,444-square-foot (21,966.4 m2) of space in 13 buildings, and almost 150-acre (61 ha) of land. It closed in February 2013.[11]

As of October 3, 1995 there were six secure juvenile facilities with 879 prisoners; the youth prisons were at 118% of their carrying capacity, and at the time it was the highest in the history of the juvenile corrections system. The juvenile system's 43 girls were located at New Castle YDC.[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Comparison of 2009-2010 Governor's Executive Budget to 2008-2009 Available Funds" (PDF). Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. 
  2. ^ "Learn About DHS". 
  3. ^ "Bureau of Juvenile Justice Services" Pennsylvania Department of Human Services. December 15, 2015.
  4. ^ a b Wittman, Bob. "Locked Doors & Razor Wire When Rehab Fails, Teens Go To Special Prisons" (Archive). The Morning Call. October 3, 1995. Retrieved on December 15, 2015.
  5. ^ "Loysville Youth Development Center." Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare. Retrieved on July 25, 2010.
  6. ^ Johnson, Jeffrey A. "2 teens charged with assaulting staff members at detention center in Perry County " (Archive). Pennlive.com. Retrieved on December 15, 2015.
  7. ^ "North Central Secure Treatment Unit." Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare. Retrieved on July 25, 2010.
  8. ^ "Bureau of Juvenile Justice Services" (Archive; brochure). Pennsylvania Department of Human Services. March 2011. p. 15-16. Retrieved on December 15, 2015.
  9. ^ "Juvenile Justice: Cresson Secure Treatment Unit." Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare. Retrieved on July 25, 2010.
  10. ^ "New Castle Youth Development Center." Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare. Retrieved on July 25, 2010.
  11. ^ "New Castle Youth Development Center Property in Lawrence County Available for Public Purchase" (Archive). Official News for Pennsylvania State Agencies. June 23, 2015. Retrieved on December 15, 2015.

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