PA Department of Public Welfare

The Department of Public Welfare provides information most relevant to individuals, families and the general public.

On the site, you can apply for and renew your benefits from the comfort of your home using COMPASS, the online resource for cash assistance, Food Stamps, help with child care, health care coverage, home heating assistance (LIHEAP), school meals, SelectPlan for Women and long-term living services.

Residents of Pennsylvania can seek assistance and a range of services for themselves and their families from professionally trained staff members at County Assistance Offices.

Services include:

  • Autism Services
  • Child Support Services
  • Child Care / Early Learning Services
  • Food Stamps
  • Cash Assistance / Employment Training
  • Child Welfare Services
  • Heating Assistance / LIHEAP
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Health Care / Medical Assistance
  • Mental Health and Substance Abuse
  • Mental Retardation Services
  • Seniors
  • Persons with Disabilities
  • Homeless Prevention
  • Legal Assistance

For more information or to locate a county assistance office, please visit the website, or contact:

Customer Service Center: (Statewide) 1-877-395-8930 / (Philadelphia) 215-560-7226


Contact numbers for specific programs are listed below:

 Autism Service: 1-866-539-7689

Child Care Works Helpline: 1-877-4-PA-KIDS

ChildLine (State Child Abuse Registry): 1-800-932-0313

Children’s Health Helpline: 1-800-986-KIDS

Disability Services: 1-866-286-3636

HelpLine: 1-800-692-7462 / 1-800-451-5886 (TDD)

Long Term Care Helpline: 1-866-286-3636

HealthChoices Hotline:
(Southeast Counties) 1-800-440-3989 / 1-800-618-4225 (TTD/TTY)
(Southwest Counties) 1-800-485-5998 / 1-800-250-5352 (TTD/TTY)

Mental Retardation Services Customer Hotline: 1-888-565-9435 / 1-866-388-1114 (TTY)

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