Nearly one out of every four Washington citizens turns to DSHS’ Economic Services Administration (ESA) for assistance with cash, food, child support, child care, disability determination, transition to employment, and other services. Core Services focus on:
Provides enterprise level services and support to DSHS Administrations providing direct services to clients and communities, helping DSHS save money and allowing employees to be more productive. SESA provides support to nearly 17,000 staff and approximately 23,000 contractors each year.
As the public child welfare agency for the state of Washington, our 2,400 staff in 46 field offices work with children and families to identify their needs and develop a plan for services that support families and assure the safety and well-being of children. These services are designed to reduce the risk of abuse, to find safe alternatives to out-of-home placement, and to ensure safety and permanency for children in out-of-home care.
Provides services that empower senior citizens and people with disabilities to remain independent and supported in settings of their choice. This is accomplished through person-centered case management that works with individuals to build a care plan that reflects the individual’s choices and preferences.
Provides prevention, intervention, in-patient treatment, outpatient treatment, and recovery support to people with addiction and mental health needs. In addition, BHSIA operates three state psychiatric hospitals: Eastern State Hospital, Western State Hospital, and the Child Study and Treatment Center.
Administers programs designed to assist individuals with developmental disabilities and their families to obtain services and supports based on individual preferences, capabilities, and needs. DDA strives to develop and implement public policies that promote:
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