Provide equitable opportunities for people to be healthy, happy, and connected to community.
The field of human services exists to undo and mitigate unjust structures that historically—and currently—allocate benefit and burden in ways that favor some people and disfavor others.
At the King County Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS), we manage a range of programs and services to help our county’s most vulnerable residents and strengthen our communities. We have five divisions in the department that help us offer services for our residents, and we mainly contract with community-based agencies to provide those services. Our divisions are as follows:
ASD focuses on adult education and employment; civil legal aid; older adult services; service members and military families; survivors of domestic abuse, sexual assault and trafficking; and the King County Veterans Program, which includes several unique services in itself
BHRD focuses on crisis response and investigation for involuntary commitment; mental health and substance use disorder, intervention, prevention and treatment; and services to support recovery
CYYAD focuses on early intervention, prevention and promotion for children and youth ages 5-24; justice system alternatives; and youth education and employment
DDECSD focuses on early intervention for infants and toddlers with developmental delays; employment services for people with developmental disabilities; healthy development for children birth to age five; infant mental health; and support services for families of people with disabilities
HHCDD focuses on community development; creating and preserving affordable and special needs housing, housing repair programs, services and shelter for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness
Our entire department, along with our trusted network of community providers and partners, plays a leading role in creating and coordinating the region’s human services infrastructure. The Director’s Office, led by Leo Flor, and Denise Rothleutner, Chief of Staff, manages the critical business functions of the department and provides regional leadership for our various efforts.
Our department also stewards the revenue from the Veterans, Seniors and Human Services Levy (VSHSL), Best Starts for Kids (BSK) levy and the MIDD sales tax. These initiatives provide critical funding and support for various related programs.
BSK is considered the most comprehensive approach to child development in the nation. Best Starts for Kids invests an average of $65 million per year to support King County families and children so that babies are born healthy, children thrive, and young people grow into happy, healthy adults.
The Veterans, Seniors and Human Services Levy (VSHSL) connects servicemembers and veterans, residents age 55 or older, and vulnerable populations to programs and services that help them live healthy, productive and meaningful lives. It helps individuals and families transition to affordable housing, get job training, find employment, receive behavioral health treatment, and more.
MIDD supports equitable opportunities for health, wellness, connection to community, and recovery for King County residents living with or at risk of behavioral health conditions, through a continuum of care that includes prevention, early intervention, crisis diversion, recovery, and reentry.