June 5, 2023

Allegheny County Shares Summer Safety Guidance

The Allegheny County Department of Human Services (ACDHS) and Department of Health (ACDOH) have published a Summer Safety Guide and Video to help families implement protective practices in the coming months.

About the Summer Safety Guide and Video

Warmer, sunny days encourage adults and children to get out and enjoy their surroundings. The Summer Safety Guide and Video offer some simple tips that make summer more fun and safe.

These resources include information on:

  • basic safety
  • car safety
  • sun safety
  • bug bites and stings
  • safety on wheels (bikes, skateboards, in-line skates, motorcycles, etc.)
  • play safety
  • campfires, grills, and fireworks
  • fire safety
  • water safety
  • open windows/doors
  • chemical/poison safety

Access the Summer Safety Guide and Video

Access the Summer Safety Guide 

Access the Summer Safety Video

Learn More

To learn more, visit the ACDHS website.


May 8, 2023

PADHS and ACDHS Renewed Recommendations for End of Public Health Emergency

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced that the federal Public Health Emergency (PHE) declaration, which allows families and individuals to get COVID-19-related benefits and automatic coverages, will expire on May 11, 2023.

Many PHE benefits have already been terminated, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) emergency allotments, which expired at the end of February 2023, and continuous Medical Assistance eligibility and enrollment, which ended April 1, 2023.

To better support families through this continuing transition, the Allegheny County Department of Human Services (ACDHS) and Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (PADHS) issued the following recommendations:

(This article was updated on May 10, 2023 to include new information on renewing coverage via mail).

How should families and individuals in Allegheny County respond to the end of PHE?

Continuous Medical Assistance eligibility and enrollment ended April 1, 2023.

Everyone on Medical Assistance and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) will need to renew their application.

In April, PADHS began sending renewal information to recipients. Attempts to contact recipients regarding renewals will span a 12-month period.

Recipients will get information in the mail about renewing their Medicaid or CHIP coverage. When this packet arrives, they must complete and return it by the date printed on the packet. They can return it by mail or deliver it in-person at any local County Assistance Office. Recipients can also complete the renewal by phone at 1-866-550-4355 or online at

PADHS may contact recipients through other means as well, including by phone. Regardless of how they are contacted, recipients will need to:

  1. keep their contact information up-to-date, and
  2. respond quickly to any correspondence that they receive, even if nothing has changed. Not responding will result in a loss of coverage.

This will affect everyone in Allegheny County who receives Medical Assistance and CHIP.

SNAP benefits ended in February 2023

During the PHE, all SNAP households received at least an additional $95/month. Without this additional support, more than 166,000 people receiving SNAP benefits in Allegheny County may need food assistance.

How can families and individuals prepare for this transition?

Families and individuals receiving Medical Assistance or CHIP:

Families and individuals receiving Medical Assistance or CHIP should update their contact information in COMPASS. The Department of Human Services will send important notices in the mail about renewals, so it is very important that contact information be up-to-date.

Log into to update your contact information, or call the Statewide Customer Service Center at 1-877-395-8930, if you prefer not to use the online portal.

Families and individuals receiving SNAP benefits:

SNAP benefits have decreased, so some families and individuals may be struggling to secure enough food.

Anyone who needs food assistance can call 2-1-1 or look at the food bank’s food locator tool.

Households with pregnant individual(s) or children under the age of 5:

If someone in your household is pregnant or under the age of 5, WIC can help connect you to food resources.

Learn more about WIC at and, if you are interested in WIC resources, fill out the pre-application on that page.

Additional Resources

Medicaid and CHIP

Community Care Behavioral Health is available to assist members and providers with eligibility questions and support. Members can call 1-844-488-5336. Providers can call 1-888-251-2224.


Just Harvest can help people apply for SNAP, as well as other benefits.

For more information about SNAP Emergency Allotments, the February change, and how to report changes to benefits, visit

Food Resources in Allegheny County

ELRC Region 5 has curated a list of food resources provided by organizations in Allegheny County.

To find the food list, visit


August 10, 2020

Child Care and Education Planning Tools Available

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many early learning programs and all schools in Pennsylvania had to close abruptly and drastically adjust their operations. In turn, this left many families without access to child care and education services for their children.

In response to this crisis, Trying Together and our partners worked rapidly to develop several new platforms and resources to support the continuity of care and education for families in Southwestern Pennsylvania and to support the early learning professionals who provide these services.

To learn about our tools and resources, continue reading below. Share this flyer with your network.


Allegheny Child Care

In partnership with the Allegheny County Department of Human Services and Allegheny Partners for Out-of-School-Time (APOST), Trying Together developed Allegheny Child Care. By using this online tool, parents and caregivers of young children can search for available child care spots at early learning, after-school, out-of-school, summer camp, and virtual programs in Allegheny County.

To use the tool, visit the Allegheny Child Care website. For additional support in finding child care and/or funding your child care needs, visit the ELRC Region 5 website or call 412.350.3577.

Family Care and Education Forum

In response to uncertainty surrounding the 2020-21 school year, Trying Together launched the Family Care & Education Forum. This new resource connects parents and caregivers across Southwestern Pennsylvania and provides a space to ask questions, network, and support one another.

Upon signing up, users will be able to post questions, respond to comments, and learn more about care and education opportunities in their area. To discuss your care and education plans for this fall with other families, visit the new Family Care and Education Forum.

Early Learning Resource Center (ELRC) Region 5

Pennsylvania’s Early Learning Resource Centers (ELRCs) provide a single point-of-contact for families, early learning service providers, and communities to gain information and access services that support high-quality child care and early learning programs.

To request support and learn more, visit the ELRC Region 5 website or call 412.350.3577.