Human Services

Learn to Manage Chronic Disease w/Living Well Program

HONESDALE (May 19,2017) — In June, the Wayne County Area Agency on Aging presents Living Well — Chronic Disease Self-Management, a five-week program developed by Stanford University to help teach consumers the skills to manage their conditions and build their self-confidence.

The program is designed to give older adults with chronic diseases like high blood pressure, diabetes and heart conditions tips to be successful in adopting healthy behaviors, improving communication with their physician, and enhancing their quality of life.

It will be held Fridays, June 2 to 30, from 11 am to 2:30 pm, at the Honesdale Senior Center at 323 10th Street, and topics include managing symptoms, fitness and exercise, nutrition, communication, medication, and working with health care professionals and the system.

A free lunch is served each day. To register, call Marie Alexander at 570-253-4262.


Wayne County Marks Older Americans Month, Offers Free Lunch

OLDER AMERICAN MONTH –The Wayne County Commissioners issued a proclamation recognizing May at Older American Month, and staff members from the Area Agency on Aging joined them in celebrating seniors and their contributions. Seated, from left, are Pat Nelson, Aging Director Jacqui Sturgis, Monique Orr and Maggie Hicks. Standing from left are Commissioner Brian Smith, Jacqui Cole, Commissioners Wendell Kay, Barbara Robisch, Lauren Janusewski, Diane Riveland, Cat DeGrazia, Elaina Greer, Leigh Washington, Julie Cornwell, Commissioner Joseph Adams, and Will Magann.

OLDER AMERICAN MONTH –The Wayne County Commissioners issued a proclamation recognizing May at Older American Month, and staff members from the Area Agency on Aging joined them in celebrating seniors and their contributions. Seated, from left, are Pat Nelson, Aging Director Jacqui Sturgis, Monique Orr and Maggie Hicks. Standing from left are Commissioner Brian Smith, Jacqui Cole, Commissioners Wendell Kay, Barbara Robisch, Lauren Janusewski, Diane Riveland, Cat DeGrazia, Elaina Greer, Leigh Washington, Julie Cornwell, Commissioner Joseph Adams, and Will Magann.

HONESDALE (May 12, 2017) – Noting more than a quarter of the Wayne County population is over the age of 60, the Commissioners issued a proclamation in recognition of Older Americans Month and hosted representatives from the Area Agency on Aging Thursday.

Aging Administrator Jacqueline Sturgis discussed the myriad of services the agency provides to seniors from the new Adult Day Services in Hawley and the senior action centers around the county to protective services and caregiver support.

Commissioner Chairman Brian Smith noted that much of what the people of Wayne County enjoy every day was created by those who are now seniors, and he said, “They deserve our respect and our care.”

Commissioner Wendell Kay touted the APPRISE program, which includes trained professionals who helps seniors navigate the complex and confusing options available through Medicare, and urged those preparing for retirement to take advantage of the free service.

Commissioner Joseph Adams, whose mother served as director of the Hawley Senior Center, noted his appreciation for how much the Aging staff cares for and takes care of seniors in Wayne County.

The proclamation notes that what it means to age has changed and the community can provide opportunities to enrich the lives of people of all ages by involving older adults in the redefinition of aging in the community, promoting home- and community-based services that support independent living, encouraging older adults to speak up for themselves and others, and providing opportunities for them to share their experiences.

To celebrate, the Aging office is offering a free lunch and free transportation to new members who fill out an application to the join the centers this Wednesday, May 17. Contact the office at 570-253-4262 to make arrangements.


Programs, Training Mark Mental Health Awareness Month

5/9/17

MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH: Behavioral Health Program Director Michelle Valinski, seated at left, and System of Care tri-chairs Ernie Laskosky, Sydney Perrera and Faith Phillips join the Wayne County Commissioners, standing from left, Joe Adams, Brian Smith and Wendell Kay, and members of the Case Management and Psychological Rehab staffs and consumers in proclaiming May as Mental Health Awareness Month.

MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH: Behavioral Health Program Director Michelle Valinski, seated at left, and System of Care tri-chairs Ernie Laskosky, Sydney Perrera and Faith Phillips join the Wayne County Commissioners, standing from left, Joe Adams, Brian Smith and Wendell Kay, and members of the Case Management and Psychological Rehab staffs and consumers in proclaiming May as Mental Health Awareness Month.

HONESDALE (May 8, 2017) – Recognizing mental health as a key component of everyone’s overall physical health and emotional well-being, the Wayne County Commissioners marked Mental Health Awareness month with a proclamation.

Director of Behavioral Programs Michelle Valinski was joined by members of the Case Management and Psychological Rehabilitation staff and representatives of the county’s System of Care, a philosophy of engaging youth and their families in helping improve the delivery of child services at every level.

Valinski noted the agency has a series of events planned to promote understanding and tolerance in the systems and the community, including a one-day training on May 11 designed to make organizations more welcoming and affirming to the LGBTQI community.

On May 16, a QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper training program, which focuses on giving people the skills to identify and intervene during a mental health crisis, will be held at the Cafeteria in the Park Street Complex in Honesdale from 2 to 3:30 and again from 6 to 7:30 pm. Valinksi said the program will teach people how to ask if someone is contemplating suicide and then how to respond to the answer they get.

The teen experience comes into focus when author Karen Fortunati spends the day on May 24 talking about her book “Weight of Zero,” which chronicles a teenager’s struggle with bi-polar disorder, hope and recovery.

Valinski said Fortunati will be featured at a luncheon and discussion at the Park Street Cafeteria followed by visits to the high school partial hospitalization program at Wallenpaupack and the Intensive Out-Patient program, ending with a dinner and discussion at the County’s Psych Rehab Drop-In Center at 910 Church Street, which will be open to consumers and their families.

The events wrap up with the second annual Open Mic Night for Suicide Prevention at The Cooperage, 1030 Main Street in Honesdale, on May 31 from 7 to 9 pm.

System of Care Coordinator Ernie Laskosky, as well as the Family Tri-Chair representative Faith Phillips and Youth Tri-Chair representative Sydney Perrera, discussed the new philosophical approach of System of Care, which is youth guided and family driven, giving voice to youth and families to help transform the system.

It involves child serving systems, schools, physicians and others to create a trauma informed approach. Laskosky said System of Care is about changing our approach from “What’s wrong with you?” to “What’s happened to you?”

According to the Commissioners proclamation, one in four adults and one in five children experience mental health challenges in each given year.


May 18 Caregivers Conference Offers Info on Local Services

4/20/17

HONESDALE (April 20, 2017) — The Wayne County Area Agency on Aging and the Monroe/Pike/Wayne Aging and Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC) sponsors a one-day conference packed with information for those who are caregivers of older adults and people with disabilities on May 18 at Ladore Camp and Conference Center in Waymart.

Speakers and topics of interest include: Wheelchair Safety and Accessibility; Easy Healthy Cooking/Soft Food Preparation; Advance Directives, Living Wills; County In-Home Supports and Services; Dementia Information; Physical Therapy/Occupational Therapy/Speech Therapy; Home Modifications; and more including vendor tables packed with information.

On site caregiving services may be available if the need arises with registration. Pre-registration is required for the conference, for caregiving needs as well as transportation to the conference as needed.

The day begins with Danish and coffee at 9:30 am with the conference beginning at 10 o’clock and the last breakout session concluding at 3 pm. To register call 570-253-4262 between 8 AM and 4 PM, Monday through Friday.

Click here for the registration brochure.

Caregivers needing or wanting some respite services or an affordable long-term care service option should contact the Wayne/Pike Adult Day Services program located at 337 Park Place Suite B, Hawley – 570-390-7388.

The Adult Day Services are provided through Telespond Senior Services, both are funded, in part, under a contract with the PA Department of Aging, the United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties, the Wayne and Pike County Area Agency’s on Aging and the Wayne and Pike County Boards of Commissioners.


Adult Day Services Host Grand Opening at Hawley Senior Center

2/21/17

HAWLEY, PA — With the launch of an Adult Day Services program at the Hawley Senior Center in Bingham Park, older adults in Wayne and Pike Counties now have another resource to help them remain in their homes as they age.

The Wayne County Area Agency on Aging and its counterpart in Pike County worked with Scranton-based Telespond Senior Services to meet this growing need, which had been identified by a local support group as well as in a community survey and in the agency’s four-year plan.

Adult Day Programs provide additional assistance and supervision during the day to give caregivers, usually a family member, a much needed respite for shopping or other chores, or peace of mind while at work.

Wayne County Area Agency on Aging Director Jacqui Sturgis says such services make it more affordable for seniors to remain in their homes, with the center staff providing structured activities, health related services, and social and mental stimulation.

This Friday, Feb. 24, at 11 am, a Grand Opening celebration will be held with tours of the two-story addition behind the Hawley Senior Center at 337 Park Place, which opened earlier this month and has been licensed to handle up to 42 clients.

The Adult Day Program is open Monday through Friday from 7 am to 6 pm, and transportation services can be arranged through the Area Agency on Aging Office in Wayne County at 570-253-4262 or Pike County at 570-775-5550.

For information, call Jacqui Sturgis, Director, Wayne Area Agency on Aging at 570-253-4262 or email: jsturgis@waynecountypa.gov.


About

The primary mission of the Human Services Agency is to serve the needs of Wayne County residents, promote independence and contribute to the quality of life in our community. This county-sponsored agency is a rural resource which coordinates efforts and encourages cooperation among all Wayne County human services agencies.

The Office of Human Services acts as a liaison with the Wayne County Board of Commissioners and human service agencies, oversees the administration of all County human service agencies, acts as a coordinative unit for all County contract human service agencies, and facilitates the access of citizens to service coordination.

Andrea C. Whyte, Human Services Administrator


Departments

Area Agency on Aging

Behavioral and Developmental Programs and Early Intervention

Children and Youth

Drug and Alcohol

Transportation


Programs, Services and Information

Pantry

Volunteer Program

Information and Referrals

Support Groups


Relevant Links

Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania


Employment

Employment for any Wayne County Human Services position is covered through the Merit System, a Local Government Civil Service Employment System of the Pennsylvania Civil Service Commission. This system is based primarily on your work experience, education, qualifications and abilities to do the work rather than other non-merit factors. In order to be considered for any position vacancy your name must appear on a civil service list for that specific job title. The Civil Service Commission has thousands of job titles and testing programs depending on your background. Of course, not all job titles are utilized in Wayne County. Many job titles are for employment in Harrisburg, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia or in regional state facilities. Vacancies may occur due to resignation, retirement, promotion, etc. sometimes it is not known ahead of time when a vacancy will occur making it difficult to have an ample pool of applicants on a list for a specific job title. It would be in your best interests to take as many tests as you qualify for so you can be prepared if a vacancy occurs.

For information on current openings, proposed openings, or availability of testing in general, you may utilize any of the following:

  • Check employment opportunities
  • Contact Juliann Doyle, Personnel Officer, Wayne County Office of Human Services, 323 10th Street, Honesdale, PA 18431, phone at 570-253-4262, or e-mail Juliann Doyle at Jdoyle@waynecountypa.gov. We request that a phone call or e-mail contact be made first for general information and to schedule an appointment. Generally Civil Service information may be mailed to an applicant and no personal contact is necessary. Juliann is the most knowledgeable person to see concerning Civil Service and the testing programs, so, if she is not available at the time of your call, arrangements will be made for her to speak with you.
  • Contact Wayne County Career Link. Civil Service information about positions is posted on this site. You may access the career web site by clicking on it here. Once you are in the career link web site, click on job seeker services and following the instructions. You will want to put in the word “County” before any of the following job titles: Clerk Typist: Aging Care Manager, Caseworker – C&Y; D&A Prevention Specialist, D&A Case Manager; Clerk Typist; Information Technology Technician; Fiscal Technician; Van Driver; and Social Worker. The state is PA, the county is Wayne, the town is Honesdale and the zip is 18431.
  • Contact the State Civil Service Commission directly at: www.scsc.state.pa.us, phone (717) 783-3058,  or write to: PA State Civil Service Commission, 2nd Floor, Strawberry Square Complex, 320 Market Street, P.O. Box 569, Harrisburg, PA 17108-0569