Wolf seeks new approach to helping ‘vulnerable populations’

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf said Wednesday he will revamp how the state provides help to people who need to be protected and cared for by state agencies. The governor signed an order setting up a 25-member group that has three months to propose changes that will improve services to what’s he’s calling “vulnerable populations.” Wolf also set up the Office of Advocacy and Reform and will hire a child advocate for the new agency under his office. He directed agencies to try to reduce the number of people living in institutional settings, to improve how referrals are made for inspector general investigations and to mine state data to identify problems more quickly.