SSB 5872 -
By Senators Stevens, Hargrove
Strike everything after the enacting clause and insert the following:
"NEW SECTION. Sec. 1 A task force on the administrative
organization, structure, and delivery of services to children and
families is created to determine the most appropriate and effective
administrative structure for delivery of social and health services to
children and families, including juvenile rehabilitation services. The
task force shall study how best to ensure that an administration has
defined lines of responsibility for delivering services to families and
children in need and the best means for the public to hold government
accountable for delivery of those services. The task force shall
compare the effectiveness of including children and families services
delivery within an umbrella agency, such as the current department of
social and health services, with establishing a separate department for
children and family services whose director reports directly to the
governor and is not under the administration of an umbrella agency.
The task force shall, as part of the comparison, examine the
administrative structures used in other states for the delivery of
services to children and families.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 2 (1) The task force created in section 1 of
this act shall consist of the following members appointed by the
(a) The dean of the school of social work at the University of Washington or an academic professor from a list recommended by the dean;
(b) Two members of the senate, from names recommended by the chair of the senate committee on human services and corrections, which must include one member from the minority party;
(c) Two members of the house of representatives, from names recommended by the chair of the committee on children and family services, which must include one member from the minority party;
(d) An academic professor with expertise in the management of public agencies, from a list of names recommended by the dean of the University of Washington's Daniel J. Evans graduate school of public administration;
(e) A juvenile court administrator, from a list of names recommended by the juvenile court administrators' association;
(f) A family superior court judge, from a list of names recommended by the superior court judges' association;
(g) A law enforcement officer with experience in working with child protective services investigations, from a list of names recommended by the Washington association of sheriffs and police chiefs;
(h) The director of the office of public defense;
(i) The director of the office of the family and children's ombudsman;
(j) A line worker from the department of social and health services, juvenile rehabilitation administration's community supervision and placement services, from a list of names recommended by the federation of state employees;
(k) A line social worker from the department of social and health services with a master's degree in social work and fifteen years' experience in the public or private sector investigating child abuse or neglect and referring families and children to alcohol and substance abuse services, from a list of names recommended by the federation of state employees;
(l) A private vendor of mental health services to families of children and children in both in-home and out-of-home placements as a result of abuse or neglect or for juvenile rehabilitation, from a list of names recommended by the Washington state coalition of children's residential services;
(m) The director of the department of social and health services, children's administration, office of legislative affairs; and
(n) A representative of the governor's office.
(2) The dean of the school of social work at the University of Washington or the academic professor appointed by the governor shall be the chair of the task force.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 3 (1) The task force shall study and report
findings and recommendations on which administrative and service
delivery structures will best accomplish positive outcomes for children
and families and efficiencies in administration, including but not
(a) Reducing the number of children at risk for abuse or neglect and increasing the safety and well-being of children;
(b) Increasing the ability of families to care for their own children and reducing the number of children in foster care;
(c) Increasing placement stability and permanency for children in out-of-home care and reducing unsafe and inappropriate placements;
(d) Delivering appropriate and timely mental health services;
(e) Providing adequate and appropriate staff training and education;
(f) Promoting foster parent recruitment, training, and retention;
(g) Reducing the frequency and duration of sibling separation;
(h) Delivering adequate and timely services to adolescents;
(i) Increasing responsibility and accountability for achieving goals; and
(j) Improving any other measurable outcomes for children and families.
(2) The task force shall study and report findings and recommendations on the costs, benefits, savings, or reductions in services of the various administrative and service delivery structures described in section 1 of this act.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 4 The first meeting of the task force shall be
no later than May 1, 2005, with subsequent meetings as needed. The
task force may consult with others as is needed.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 5 The final report of the findings and
recommendations shall be provided to appropriate committees of the
legislature by December 1, 2005.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 6 This act is necessary for the immediate
preservation of the public peace, health, or safety, or support of the
state government and its existing public institutions, and takes effect
SSB 5872 -
By Senators Stevens, Hargrove
On page 1, line 1 of the title, after "Relating to" strike the remainder of the title and insert "creating the joint task force on the administration and delivery of services to children and families; creating new sections; and declaring an emergency."
EFFECT: Creates a task force appointed by the governor to make recommendations on the best design and structure to deliver social and health services to families and children. The final report is due 12/1/05.