Focus on Employment

The Department of Human Services is increasing employment opportunities for the people we serve. We have an “Employment First” focus which means we are:

  • Improving the way our departments work together. DHS is working with other state agencies to make sure serving the employment needs of Pennsylvanians as best as we can.
  • Providing career training to youths as they return to the community from the juvenile justice system.
  • Applying performance-based contracts which will lead to more jobs for people who receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).
  • The start of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) will make employment and training opportunities possible for the people DHS serves.
On March 10, 2016, Governor Tom Wolf signed Executive Order 2016-03, “Establishing ‘Employment First’ Policy and Increasing Competitive-Integrated Employment for Pennsylvanians with a Disability.”