Oversight Board. The Oversight Board for the Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) was created in 2017, along with DCYF. The Oversight Board is authorized for monitoring and ensuring that DCYF achieves certain outcomes and complies with policies and rules.
The Oversight Board has powers to:
The Oversight Board consists of 21 members, outlined as follows:
Nonlegislative members are nominated by the Governor, subject to approval of the appointed legislators and serve four-year terms. When nominating and approving members of the Oversight Board, the Governor and appointed legislators must ensure that at least five of the members reside east of the Cascade Mountain range. The Oversight Board must convene at least two stakeholder meetings per year regarding contracting with DCYF. The Oversight Board must also review surveys of providers, customers, parent groups, and external services to assess whether DCYF is effectively delivering services.
The Oversight Board members must be reimbursed for travel expenses incurred while conducting business of the Oversight Board when authorized by the Oversight Board and within resources allocated for that purposes. Legislative members of the Oversight Board must be reimbursed for travel expenses according to current law.
The membership of the Oversight Board is expanded to include one subject matter expert on education for youth who are placed in a juvenile facility or are dependent.
Requirements for certain Oversight Board members are modified, including:
PRO: The oversight board was created along with DCYF. The idea of the oversight board is to oversee the work of DCYF from the 30,000 foot level. Members of the board have specific experience however, capping the age of the current or former foster youth and juvenile justice involved youth at the age of 25 has made it hard to fill these positions, so this bill removes the age limit. The bill also revises language regarding a representative from a youth organization. People may change jobs but their experience doesn't change. It is hard to get good people on the board so we need to do what we can recruit and retain the members the board has.