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The Lackawanna County Independent Living Collaborative is hosting its third annual networking event for direct service professionals

The Lackawanna County Independent Living Collaborative is hosting its third annual networking event for direct service professionals working with youth in transition. Speed Networking 2.0 will be held on April 25, 2017 from 1-3 p.m. at the Allied Services – Stauffer Industrial Park. The event is being sponsored by Al lied Services. The goal of this event is to increase inter-disciplinary communication and knowledge in order to provide stronger, more comprehensive services for youth transitioning into adulthood. This is the third event of its kind since the IL Collaborative began in 2013. Representatives from multiple systems including education , substance abuse, mental health, juvenile probation , intellectual disabilities, and child welfare, along with community based agencies will come together to hear from a youth currently in the transition process and then to share information with one another.

The Lackawanna County Independent Living Collaborative is a group of approximately 30 plus agencies, schools , community agencies, mental health, substance abuse providers and the like who are serving youth ranging in age from 16-21 years-old and assisting them along the journey to adulthood. Increasing communication among providers is one of the primary goals of the IL Collaborative. This is achieved through networking opportunities and semi-annual trainings focused on topics related to transition age youth . Additional efforts center on access to transportation, affordable housing, and teen parenting. Since its inception in 2013, the Lackawanna County IL Collaborative has touched over 400 direct service professionals.

For more information about the Speed Networking 2.0 event or about the Independent Living Collaborative, please contact Lori Chaffers , MSW , Supervisor – Independent Living Unit
at 570-963-6781 or via email at chaffersl@lackawannacounty.org.

LACKAWANNA COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES ANNOUNCEMENT OF PUBLIC HEARINGS

The Lackawanna County Department of Human Services on behalf of the Lackawanna County Board of Commissioners, is developing the HUMAN SERVICES BLOCK GRANT PLAN and budgets for the Fiscal Year 2015 – 2016.  In order to assist the County in completing this task, the Lackawanna County Department of Human Services in cooperation with the Lackawanna-Susquehanna Behavioral Health/Intellectual Disabilities/Early Intervention Program, Lackawanna-Susquehanna Office of Drug and Alcohol Programs,  Lackawanna County Office of Youth & Family Services, and Special Services, i.e., Human Service Development Fund and Homeless Assistance Program, are requesting input from all interested residents and/or from agency representatives of Lackawanna County for this Plan.

Public hearings will be held as follows

Friday, June 12, 2015 at 2:30 P.M. at United Neighborhood Centers, 425 Alder Street, Scranton, PA 18505 

and

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. at the Lackawanna County Administration Building, 200 Adams Avenue, 5th Floor, Scranton, PA  18503 

If we can help you with any special needs you may have, to enable you to attend, please contact:

William Browning, Executive Director
Lackawanna County Department of Human Services
200 Adams Avenue, 4th Floor
Scranton, PA  18503
Phone:  570-963-6790                  

LACKAWANNA COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES DRUG AND ALCOHOL SERVICES PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE!

The Lackawanna County Department of Human Services will hold a public hearing to obtain input on drug and alcohol related needs and services from 10:30 AM to 12 Noon on Monday, November 3, 2014 at the Lackawanna County Center for Public Safety, 30 Valley View Drive, Jessup, PA 18434. Service providers, representatives from law enforcement, education, legal and health care services and community members, including those with lived experience regarding drugs and/or alcohol and their families, are invited to give testimony that will assist the Department in developing a comprehensive plan for human services.

Those wishing to testify should email humanservices@lackawannacounty.org, or call 570-963-6790, no later than Wednesday, October 29, 2014.  Individuals presenting are required to provide a written outline of their testimony at the hearing.