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Strengthening the Region’s LGBTQ Communities and Their Allies

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Strengthening the Region’s LGBTQ+ and HIV/AIDS-impacted Communities

Making Child Serving Systems Stronger and More Effective


PERSAD CENTER and Family Resources Collaborate on DHS Curriculum

PERSAD CENTER is pleased to announce that we have been contracted to work with the Allegheny County Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) to implement an LGBTQ “Train-the-Trainer” Curriculum across DHS’s child serving systems. PERSAD will collaborate with our community partner Family Resources to help DHS improve the health and well-being of the populations they serve, and increase the quality of services provided.

In collaboration with DHS, a curriculum will be developed and implemented that will allow DHS staff to teach and train their colleagues to increase awareness of LGBTQ people and strengthen service to the community. The goal is to make a broad positive impact on systems that include child welfare, behavioral health, intellectual disabilities, juvenile justice and schools.

PERSAD is excited to bring our team’s technical knowledge of the health disparities experienced by LGBTQ people, and strategies to make programs and services more welcoming and accessible, to DHS. PERSAD CENTER Executive Director Betty Hill says “having created a culture change program within our training department, we see how training can be an important part of raising awareness and skill, and is also a tool in helping systems to change and develop”. With 30 years of experience in combating child abuse and providing support and treatment services to children, parents and families, Family Resources will be an invaluable partner in this endeavor.

Working closely with DHS and CSSP, PERSAD and Family Resources will adapt the curriculum for use in both classroom and web venues to support the ongoing certification, learning and skill development of trainers, and to modify curriculums as feedback and data provide opportunities for improvement.

The two-year project will train 50 DHS participants and set the stage for training future trainers.