SHB 1644

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As of March 11, 2019

Title: An act relating to the creation of a youth development work group within the department of children, youth, and families.

Brief Description: Concerning the creation of a youth development work group within the department of children, youth, and families.

Sponsors: House Committee on Human Services & Early Learning (originally sponsored by Representatives Ortiz-Self, Lovick, Kilduff, Valdez, Frame, Goodman, Davis and Leavitt).

Brief History: Passed House: 3/04/19, 90-7.

Committee Activity: Human Services, Reentry & Rehabilitation: 3/14/19.

Brief Summary of Bill

  • Creates a youth development work group in the Department of Children, Youth, and Families


Staff: Alison Mendiola (786-7488)

Background: The Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) was created by the Legislature in 2017. The stated intent of creating this new agency is to improve the delivery of services and the outcomes for children and families through delivery of these services by housing early learning, child welfare, and juvenile justice services in the same agency. DCYF must lead ongoing work to minimize or eliminate systemic barriers to effective, integrated services across state agencies serving children, youth, and families and help the state create a data-focused environment in which there are aligned outcomes and shared accountability for those outcomes.

Among other duties, DCYF is to establish outcome measure goals and report to the Legislature on these outcome measures and progress toward these goals no less than annually. The outcome measures include:

DCYF must report on outcome measures, actions taken, progress toward these goals, and plans for the future year no less than annually.

Summary of Bill: A youth development work group is created within DCYF with the purpose of developing a mission, vision, and goals to support youth ages five to young adulthood with a racial equity and inclusion lens.

Work Group Tasks. The youth development work group shall:

  1. Develop meaningful youth-level, research-based prevention and promotion outcomes and measures addressing positive identity development; resiliency; strong family, school, peer, and community relationships; gang prevention; on-time high school graduation; and completion of a postsecondary degree or credential attainment.

  2. Work with DCYF to create a meaningful youth engagement strategy and a local community stakeholder engagement strategy to assist in developing and finalizing work group recommendations. Constituencies must include, but are not limited to: parents; communities in which English is not the primary language; immigrant and refugee communities; and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities.

  3. Assess and provide recommendations to improve or create new infrastructures and funding streams that support youth development within DCYF, as well as linkages to other state departments, including the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI).

  4. Recommend local infrastructure, support, and feedback channels to meet statewide prevention and promotion goals.

  5. Make recommendations to integrate and enhance DCYF youth engagement strategies as well as local stakeholder and provider engagement strategies through existing local infrastructures, and ensure youth voice with racial, geographic, and other diverse types of youth representation.

  6. Provide recommendations to ensure that a racial equity approach and an inclusion-based framework is embedded in the youth development strategy at DCYF.

  7. Make recommendations on the creation of a children's cabinet that would facilitate cross-agency coordination, and program and policy development with a common mission to measurably improve the well-being of Washington's children, youth, and families through evidence-based practices and strengthen families through evidence-based practices and strength-based approaches to positive child and youth development.

Work Group Members. The youth development work group is comprised of 21 members, 15 of which are voting members. To ensure racial and geographic diversity by reflecting the demographics of impacted youth populations, DCYF is to appoint 15 voting members including:

The youth development work group must include four voting members who represent the Legislature. The president of the Senate shall appoint one member from each of the largest caucuses of the Senate. The speaker of the House of Representatives shall appoint one member from each of the largest caucuses of the House of Representatives.

The youth development work group must include nine nonvoting members representing:

DCYF is provided up to five stipends to cover travel and time for youth development work group members that do not have the resources or job classification to participate in a statewide work group, such as parents and youth. DCYF may form an agreement with a private entity to receive matching contributions to support the activities of the workgroup including youth, parent, and guardian engagement or other work group activities. Staff support for the work group is provided by DCYF.

Reporting Requirements. By December 1st annually, the youth development work group is to submit a report to the Governor and the appropriate committees of the Legislature. The first report is due by December 1, 2019. In the report, the youth development work group is to provide recommendations that:

The provisions of this bill expire December 31, 2021.

Appropriation: None.

Fiscal Note: Available.

Creates Committee/Commission/Task Force that includes Legislative members: Yes.

Effective Date: Ninety days after adjournment of session in which bill is passed.