Pennsylvania human services agency gets new name |

Pennsylvania human services agency gets new name

The Associated Press

HARRISBURG — The Department is Public Welfare is gone in Pennsylvania.

As of Monday, it is now the Department of Human Services, under a state law signed two months ago by Gov. Tom Corbett.

Secretary Beverly Mackereth unveiled the new logo emblazoned on the glass doors to the agency’s headquarters building in Harrisburg.

Backers of the change say the new name better fit the massive agency’s mission without the stigma sometimes associated with welfare and public assistance.

The agency employs nearly 17,000 people and is responsible for administering more than $30 billion in federal and state spending on a vast array of social and human services programs. That’s more money than is handled by any single state agency.

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