Focus on Employment

DHS is increasing employment opportunities for the people we serve. We have an “Employment First” focus which means we are:

  • Improving interdepartmental collaboration. We’re working with several state agencies to ensure we’re best serving the employment needs of Pennsylvanians.
  • Providing career training to youth transitioning from the juvenile justice system.
  • Applying performance-based contracts, leading to more job placements for recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).
  • Implementing the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) to enhance the employment and training opportunities 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.”