1Amending the act of June 13, 1967 (P.L.31, No.21), entitled "An
2act to consolidate, editorially revise, and codify the public
3welfare laws of the Commonwealth," changing the name of the
4Department of Public Welfare to the Department of Human
5Services; and providing for a transition period.

6The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
7hereby enacts as follows:

8Section 1. Section 102 of the act of June 13, 1967 (P.L.31,
9No.21), known as the Public Welfare Code, is amended to read:

10Section 102. Definitions.--Subject to additional definitions
11contained in subsequent articles of this act, the following
12words when used in this act shall have, unless the context
13clearly indicates otherwise, the meanings given them in this

15"Department" means the Department of [Public Welfare] Human 
16Services of this Commonwealth.

17"Secretary" means the Secretary of [Public Welfare] Human 
18Services of this Commonwealth.

1Section 2. The act is amended by adding a section to read:

2Section 103. Redesignation.--(a) The Department of Public
3Welfare shall be known as the Department of Human Services.

4(b) A reference to the Department of Public Welfare in a
5statute or a regulation shall be deemed a reference to the
6Department of Human Services.

7(c) In order to provide an efficient and cost-minimizing
8transition, licenses, contracts, deeds and any other official
9actions of the Department of Public Welfare shall not be
10affected by the use of the designation of the department as the
11Department of Human Services. The department may continue to use
12the name Department of Public Welfare on badges, licenses,
13contracts, deeds, stationery and any other official documents
14until existing supplies are exhausted. The Department of Public
15Welfare may substitute the title "Department of Human Services"
16for "Department of Public Welfare" on its documents and
17materials on such schedule as it deems appropriate.

18(d) The Department of Human Services shall not replace
19existing signage at department locations with the redesignated
20name until the signs are worn and in need of replacement. This
21transition shall be coordinated with changes in administration.

22(e) The department shall continue to use the name Department
23of Public Welfare on its computer systems until the time of
24routine upgrades in each computer system in the department. The
25change in name shall be made at the time of the routine upgrade
26to the department computer systems.

27Section 3. This act shall take effect immediately.