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OCH&S Expands Team to Reimagine Public Health and Safety

PITTSBURGH, PA (December 28, 2021) Mayor William Peduto and the Office of Community Health and Safety (OCH&S) have expanded their team to address issues surrounding health, safety, and community access to care. The first three Community Social Workers joining OCH&S will be focusing on crisis co-response and situation triage, mental and behavioral health resource connections, high utilizer engagement and care in partnership with Pittsburgh’s Bureaus of Fire and Emergency Medical Services, pre-charge diversion referral for youth and adults, and support for survivors of crime.  

Anmol Baxi, MSW, was previously a Clinical Social Worker at UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside, working closely with outpatient clients, which included conducting psychosocial assessments and responding to mental and behavioral health crises.  Anmol also worked as an Emergency Department Social Worker and before that as a Behavioral Health Therapist Intern for UPMC, linking patients with housing, substance, and domestic violence resources, while also facilitating psychoeducational and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy for adults. 

Elizabeth Curtis, MSW, is a licensed social worker with experience in roles related to casework, service coordination and mental health therapy for students with emotional and behavioral disturbances, having worked at for several local social service organizations including Family Links Inc., Family Resources, and Allegheny County Child Youth and Family Services. In her role as a school-based therapist, she led daily group and individual therapy sessions for students in an Emotional Support setting, participated in individualized education plan meetings, and provided crisis interventions in the classroom setting as needed for her students. Beth also worked recently as a social worker at Primary Care Health Services, where she assisted with community engagement and supported Allegheny County Health Department around the efforts to combat Covid-19.” 

Nathaniel Morley, MSW, has spent the last 17 years of his career as a social worker at KidsVoice, where he engaged in assessments, investigation and advocacy. He also worked on the FamilyLinks Mobile Crisis Team, where he frequently responded to community crisis calls. Nate is trained and has certifications in Comprehensive Crisis Management (CCM), Non-Violent Physical Crisis Prevention and Intervention (CPI), Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI) and Psychological First-Aid. 

The three new Community Social Workers will be joining the existing OCH&S team in early January. More information about the OCH&S team is available here. 


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James Hill
Special Assistant to the Mayor