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Shapiro Administration Recognizes Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, Discusses Multi-Agency Approach To Strengthen Mental Health Supports And Save Lives

Department of Human Services (DHS) Secretary Dr. Val Arkoosh, along with leaders from multiple state agencies and suicide prevention advocacy groups, joined together to recognize September as Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Although mental health and suicide prevention are important to address year-round, this month provides a dedicated time for people, organizations, and communities to join their voices and share that there is hope, help is available, and healing is possible.  

Pennsylvania Homeowner Assistance Fund Applicants (PA HAF) Must Re-Register in System

All PAHAF applicants must re-register in PHFA’s Neighborly system to review and, if needed, update their application information. It’s important to understand that you do not need to reapply to the program, but applications cannot be processed until this re-registration step is taken.

HIGH SCHOOL GRADS: Protect Yourself from Scams

The Federal Trade Commission's Financial Adulting 101 webinars and materials offer advice to help recent graduate from scams.

FREE Webinar: Recovering from Elder Financial Exploitation

Join the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the National Center for Victims of Crime on June 8, 2023, for this FREE webinar. You'll learn about the Recovering from Elder Financial Exploitation report, a financial recovery framework explaining how and when older adults get money back after financial exploitation.

Free Webinar: Oral Health Coverage and Care for Older Adults

This webinar will provide an overview of oral health coverage options for older adults, including Medicare, Medicaid, and VA coverage. Presenters will share practice tips for advocates on how to best connect older adults to oral health coverage and care. The webinar will also provide an overview of other forms of dental coverage and care options, including stand-alone dental plans, clinics, and dental school options.

USCIS Updates Policy Guidance on Self-Selecting a Gender Marker on Forms and Documents

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is updating policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual to clarify that, effective immediately, USCIS will accept the self-identified gender marker for individuals requesting immigration benefits.

Dual Eligibility & Medicare Savings Programs Webinar offered by PA Health Law Project

The Pennsylvania Health Law Project is offering an informational webinar entitled Dual Eligibility & Medicare Savings Programs on Wednesday, May 17, 2023 at 11:00 AM Eastern.

Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Extended to May 12

The Pennsylvania Utility Law Project (PULP) reports that the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services has announced that it will extend the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) season by two weeks. LIHEAP will remain open until Friday, May 12, 2023.

IRS 2023 Dirty Dozen List of Tax Scams

The Internal Revenue Service wrapped up the annual Dirty Dozen list of tax scams for 2023 with a reminder for taxpayers, businesses and tax professionals to watch out for these schemes throughout the year, not just during tax season.

PUC Offers Spring Storm Utility Safety Tips

Residents are Reminded to Report Outages, Use Caution During Severe Weather and Give Utility Crews Room to Work

New Statewide Tool Available to Apply for Civil Legal Assistance in Pennsylvania

A new statewide, online tool to request civil legal assistance for low-income individuals and families has been launched and is now available. Individuals can complete this online application to receive legal information and submit an application for legal assistance to the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network program serving their county.

Virtual Info Session: The Future of Parents as Paid Caregivers

The Pennsylvania Health Law Project and Pennsylvania Health Access Network are hosting a Virtual Information Session entitled The Future of Parents as Paid Caregivers on February 9, 2023 from 1:00 PM-2:30 PM Eastern.

FTC Offers Information About Consumer Scams in 12 Languages

The FTC has information in a dozen languages to help you spot and avoid scams at You’ll find info in Amharic, Arabic, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), French, Hmong, Korean, Russian, Somali, Tagalog, Vietnamese, and Ukrainian.

Department Of Human Services Alerts Pennsylvanians About The End Of Emergency Allotment And Other SNAP Changes, Urges Support Of Charitable Food Network

Pennsylvania Department of Human Services Acting Secretary Val Arkoosh advised Pennsylvanians of upcoming changes to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. Due to federal legislation, this February will be the last month Emergency Allotments (created due to the COVID-19 Emergency) are sent; and starting in March, SNAP recipients will only receive one regular SNAP payment. Additionally, SSI Recipients will experience a decrease in their base SNAP benefits due to a cost-of-living increase in SSI benefits, with some households being disenrolled from SNAP due to the SSI increase.

FTC Marks Identity Theft Awareness Week for 2023 on January 30-February 3

The Federal Trade Commission will mark its annual Identity Theft Awareness Week with a series of free events January 30-February 3 focused on how identity theft affects people of every community and ways to reduce your risk.

PUC Offers Winter Storm Utility Safety Tips

Residents Reminded to Report Outages, Use Caution During Severe Weather, and Give Utility Crews Room to Work Safely

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