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 economic stability, employment and self- sufficiency
- Connect people with benefits and services that reduce poverty and help them become self-sufficient.
- Improve individual and family skills, knowledge, opportunities, and their capacity to increase self-sufficiency through person-centered, strengths-based services.
- Increase service coordination to improve success during life transitions.
- Increase access to job readiness, job search and employment programs.
- Increase the number of persons with disabilities
employed by the Department
- Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
- Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Key DSHS Initiatives
- Reset TANF/WorkFirst as an asset to economic recovery by implementing HB 3141 which directs the WorkFirst Subcabinet to develop a redesign plan for the program that helps low-income families obtain employment and achieve family self-sufficiency, and transforms WorkFirst into a key workforce development asset.
- Implement Benefits Portal Partnership Project by developing an easy-to-use, web-based universal application/benefit portal that makes it easier for low-income families and individuals to apply for and access a variety of vital services and benefits from home or through a wide network of community groups, including libraries, non-profit organizations, and local, state, and tribal government agencies.
- Expand Tribal Self-Governance for Tribes that want to operate their own TANF and or Child Support Enforcement Programs. Allow Tribes, as sovereign nations, to exercise their right to be self-governing and to take federal and/or state program funds and manage them to best fit the needs of their citizens and tribal communities.