The Department of Community and Human Services’ Adult Services Division (ASD) administers the Veterans, Seniors and Human Services Levy (VSHSL), RCW 73.08 veterans relief fund and King County general funds. Through collaborative partnerships with local agencies and community organizations, ASD serves King County’s veterans, servicemembers and their families; older adults and their caregivers; and resilient communities by providing services focused on: housing stability, financial stability, healthy living, social engagement and service system access and improvement.
The Adult Services Division recently underwent a change in leadership. DCHS would like to formally congratulate the new Division Director of the Adult Services Division, Leon Richardson. Leon, formerly the Deputy Director of the Adult Services Division, has led the King County Veterans Program, the most robust veterans’ program in the nation, for the past 3 years. Leon is a proven leader as he co-led ASD and the successful implementation of the expanded Veterans, Seniors and Human Services Levy; in 2020 established and led operations for DCHS’s COVID-19 Isolation/Quarantine and Assessment/Recovery Facilities (AC/RC) and most recently was the leader of King County’s high-volume vaccination sites in Auburn and Kent – making a tremendous impact on our community and King County’s recovery from COVID-19.
“Leon is a proven leader in multiple fields and has distinguished himself as the ASD Deputy Director, the leader of DCHS’s COVID-19 AC/RC operations, and most recently as the leader of King County’s high-volume vaccination sites in Auburn and Kent,” shared Leo Flor Director of the Department of Community and Human Services.
Leon draws on his accomplishments in DCHS as well as his unique experience as a US Army Veteran and current US Army Reservist to lead ASD in a way that is community-centered and equity-focused.
“The Adult Services Division is doing exceptional work in the community, working hard to be responsive and agile in a time of significant community need. I’m excited and humbled by the opportunity to continue to serve DCHS and our community in this new capacity,” shared Leon Richardson.
Meet Leon as he introduces the 2020 VSHSL Annual Report. Watch the video here.