Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare Renamed Department of Human Services

Gov. Tom Corbett signed a new law on Sept. 24, 2014, renaming the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare (DPW) as the Department of Human Services (DHS), effective Nov. 23, 2014.

The new law also says that DHS will:

  • Establish a toll-free telephone number and e-mail address for people to report suspected fraud or abuse of public assistance programs.
  • Conduct a thorough investigation of all credible complaints or provide a referral to the Office of Inspector General for investigation, whether pertaining to a benefit, recipient, or provider.
  • Submit an annual report on its fraud prevention activities to the Governor and General

You may still get correspondences from DPW as the law says they may continue to use the name until supplies are exhausted.