DSHS Strategic Plan - 2011-2013
Safe, healthy individuals, families, and communities
The Department of Social and Health Services will improve the safety and health of individuals, families and communities by providing leadership and establishing and participating in partnerships.
DSHS Strategic Goals, Objectives and Key Initiatives
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Improve individual and public safety
- Improve safety through effective investigation of and response to abuse.
- Improve the safety and permanency of individuals who are at-risk or who are in state care, treatment, or out-of-home placement.
- Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration
- Children's Administration
- Operations Support and Services Division
- Increase public safety through provision of coordinated rehabilitative services.
- Ensure client safety within DSHS facilities and contracted providers.
- Improve employee safety within DSHS.
Key DSHS Initiatives
- Implement performance based contracting for child welfare services by implementing 2SHB2106:
- Phase 1 requires the Department to decrease the total number of contracts used to purchase child welfare services and to implement performance based contracts for child welfare services by July 1, 2011.
- Phase 2 requires implementation of two demonstration pilots that will contract out case management for children and families involved in the child welfare system by June 2012
- Reshape the JRA residential continuum to improve youth transition and re-entry by shifting youth from large institutions to smaller secure facilities located in or near their home communities.
- Implement expanded training and certification requirements for long-term care workers providing care in home and community based settings which have their roots in Initiative 1029.
- Strengthen consumer protection functions of adult protective services to respond to the demographically-fueled growth in long-term care and the shift in consumer preferences toward home and community-based settings.
- Improve DSHS ability to license and regulate adult family homes as part of the system of consumer protection