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The Office of Community Health and Safety was established to address longstanding health, safety, and justice issues in the City of Pittsburgh. The office is tasked with redirecting city resources to better address community needs through housing, social services, public health, and social work experts who can assist community members and first responders in situations that require longer-term support, harm reduction approaches, and other services.
Office of Community Health and Safety
 
NEWSLETTER
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Our Office is launching a Community Listening Campaign to learn where you feel the strengths, skills, and assets might be in your neighborhood. This information and ongoing connection with you is critical to understanding where we are now as a City, where communities want to go in the future, and how they can develop a shared vision for a safe, healthy, and thriving Pittsburgh.

We appreciate you taking 5-minutes to answer the Community Listening Survey questions here: https://tinyurl.com/OCHSlistens.

OCH&S staff will also be attending community gatherings to introduce the office, listen to your feedback, and identify neighborhood-specific focus groups in the coming months. You can send staff meeting invites or any questions to ochspgh@pittsburghpa.gov.

Thank you for your participation!

Take The Community Listening Campaign Survey Here!
Our office is building up its team! We are looking for compassionate individuals who are interested in providing support to help address the health, safety, and social needs of City residents. ​
 
The Continuum of Support Project Manager will work with Public Safety Bureaus and the community to coordinate public health and safety data analysis, visualization, mapping, and externalization and will be responsible for project planning.
 
 Application deadline 11/15/2021.
 
Learn More About Continuum of Support Project Manager Position Here

Office of Community Health & Safety Expands Team

Eric Williams, Camila Alarcon-Chelecki, Malaysia Smith, and Alexandra Abboud.
We've expanded our office to help provide the Continuum of Support Program to address longstanding health, safety and justice issues in our communities. The four newly hired staff will focus on community engagement, diversion, co-response and post-engagement care.

The four new staff members join the existing team which includes the Office of Community Health and Safety (OCH&S) Manager Laura Drogowski; Continuum of Support Program Manager Dr. Sheila Roth, PhD, MSW, LCSW, EMT; Overdose Prevention Coordinator Joshua Schneider, EMT; Operations Administrator Brennan Coleman; and master-level social work interns and AmeriCorps Vistas. 
Photo: Ilan Berkman
Learn More About The New OCH&S Staff Here
The LEAD Support Bureau met with the community, Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, Pittsburgh Department of Public Safety, Mayor's Office, service providers and the City of Pittsburgh's Office of Community Health and Safety to discuss needs and the anticipated outcomes of LEAD. The LEAD program's goal is to reduce the entry of individuals suffering from behavioral/mental health disorders and extreme poverty into the criminal justice system.  This work is funded by the Allegheny County Health Department's Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Overdose Data to Action (OD2A) grant. This program will add to the continuum of support, which includes the Allegheny Health Network Urban Health outreach and co-response program. 
The Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion National Support Bureau responds to the national demand for strategic guidance and technical support to local jurisdictions developing Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) programs. LEAD is a pre-booking diversion pilot program developed with the community to address low-level crimes. The program allows law enforcement officers to redirect low-level offenders to engage in community-based services, instead of jail and prosecution. By diverting eligible individuals to services, LEAD is committed to improving public safety, public order, and reducing the criminal behavior of people who participate in the program. The National Support Bureau visited Pittsburgh to educate municipalities Police Officers, EMS, and Community Residents on LEAD. 
 
LEAD SUPPORT BUREAU VISIT 
Learn More About The LEAD Program Here
Overdose Prevention Training
Throughout the month of October, Josh Schneider, Overdose Prevention Coordinator in the Office of Community Health and Safety, provided overdose prevention training. Also, office staff is conducting outreach and education around fentanyl test strips. 

Read The Mayor's Executive Order on Fentanyl Test Strips

Mayor William Peduto issued an Executive Order calling to allow the possession and use of fentanyl test strips, a key opioid overdose prevention tool, in the City of Pittsburgh. The Order also directs the City of Pittsburgh Office of Community Health and Safety (OCH&S) to work with city employees and the public to educate them on the benefits of these lifesaving tools and to reduce the stigma associated with possessing them. 

Read The Full Press Release Here

A Special Thanks to Our Coro Fellows

Ryan and Ilan made a tremendous impact in our office in a short amount of time. We are so grateful for them and wish them both well on their next adventure.

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Office of Community Health and Safety
414 Grant Street, Room 409 
Pittsburgh, PA 15219