Venango County Human Services is a branch of county government that is managed by the Venango County Commissioners. It is directed by a Human Services Administrator who works with categorical and system managers to ensure that a comprehensive continuum of high-quality services is available to qualifying residents of Venango County.
Venango County is among the 30 counties in the Commonwealth that are part of the Human Services Block Grant. This grant serves as the catalyst for the overall redesign of the Human Service operations. While the county continues to work within the regulatory parameters of the traditional categorical systems our focus is to move away from disability-oriented systems of care to a structure based on Life Stages.
The stages include Children and Families; Emerging Adults; Adults; and Older Adults. This shift in focus to Life Stage supports the delivery of integrated case management services and aids in the development of partnerships with non-traditional providers like community supports, the faith community, businesses, and more. Monitoring for service providers, evaluation, and quality improvement are also based on the Life Stage orientation as well.
The main purpose of this integration is to ensure individuals and families are safe and secure in the least restrictive setting. We will enable county residents to heal, grow, and recover by receiving services that are demonstrated to be appropriate, cost-effective, accessible, and that meet an assessed need. One of the biggest changes to the Venango County Human Service operations is the institution of the Protective, Intake and Crisis Response Unit (PIC Unit). This one-door unit carries out all intake processes for all county-funded services. Their responsibilities include but are not limited to: the investigation of all allegations child and older adult abuse reports; mental health interventions; all crises; and more.