The Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) is Washington's largest state agency. In any given month, DSHS provides some type of shelter, care, protection and/or support to 2.6 million of our state's 7.1 million people.
DSHS is divided into six direct service administrations and two support administrations. Across the department we have a single mission: to transform lives.
Our goal and commitment is to be a national leader in every aspect of client service. The DSHS Strategic Plans are roadmaps that address our organization’s values, how well our organization is meeting its performance expectations and where we are going. They are used to guide our day-to-day decisions and focus our resources in the same direction. The DSHS Strategic Plans and Metrics reflect Governor Jay Inslee’s commitment to set clear goals, track results, and provide efficiency, effectiveness and transparency.
Below you will find links to each Administration's Strategic Plan and Performance Metrics.
Aging and Long-Term Support Administration:
Mission: To transform lives by promoting choice, independence and safety through innovative services
Commitment: Be the national leader in: Providing a safe environment for adults who are vulnerable, access to home and community-based services, and quality in nursing facilities and other settings.
Behavioral Health Administration:
Mission: To transform lives by supporting sustainable recovery, independence and wellness
Commitment: Be the national leader in: Providing safe, successful mental health services in state psychiatric hospitals and community settings and successful Substance Use Disorder treatment, recovery and prevention services.
Mission: To transform lives by acting to protect children and promote healthier families through strong partnerships with the community, providers, and Tribes.
Commitment: Be the national leader in: Keeping children safe, strengthening families, and supporting children in out-of-home placement.
Developmental Disabilities Administration:
Mission: To transform lives by providing support and fostering partnerships that empower people to live the lives they want
Commitment: Be the national leader in: Providing a safe, high-quality array of home, community and facility-based residential services and employment supports.
Economic Services Administration:
Mission: To transform lives by empowering individuals and families to thrive
Commitment: Be the national leader in: Providing flawless food assistance, child support collection, child care, transition to work services and disability support.
Mission: To transform lives by creating pathways to self-sufficiency through effective rehabilitation services and meaningful partnerships
Commitment: Be the national leader in: Providing vocational and rehabilitation services to juveniles and adults that are evidence-based and focus on employment, education, successful integration and reentry, personal productivity and societal contributions.
Services and Enterprise Support Administration
Mission: To transform lives by helping those who serve succeed
Financial Services Administration
Mission: To transform lives by promoting sound management of Department resources