Pennsylvania Department of Human Services

2:32 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

It's Official: The PA Department of Public Welfare Is Now the Department of Human Services

A new Pennsylvania law was enacted Monday changing the Department of Public Welfare's title to the Department of Human Services.

Pennsylvania's DPW had been the last in the country to include the word "welfare" in its title — a term some considered weighted with negative connotations. DHS spokeswoman Cait Gillis said another problem is that the name was not reflective of the work they do at the department.

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Welfare Name Change
1:34 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Changing Welfare to Human Services Will Have to Wait

Legislation to change the name of the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare to the Department of Human Services passed the House before it adjourned for the summer but the Senate left Harrisburg without taking any action on the revised bill.  The Senate is scheduled to reconvene in September. 

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