About the Department of Community and Human Services
The King County Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) manages a wide range of programs and services to assist the county's most vulnerable residents and strengthen its communities. These include services for older adults, developmental disabilities, housing and community development, homeless shelter and services, behavioral health (mental health and substance use disorder) prevention and treatment, veterans' services, women's program services (survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault), education and employment programs, and youth and family services.
DCHS is also responsible for providing leadership and coordination to the regional efforts to address homelessness through All Home, as well as oversight and management of the revenues from the Veterans and Human Services Levy and implementation of its Service Improvement Plan and the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Levy and implementation of the Mental Illness and Drug Dependency Action Plan. DCHS is also responsible for coordinating the development of the implementation plan for the new, voter-approved Best Starts for Kids Levy in 2016.
Services are provided mainly through contracts with community-based agencies. As a primarily regional services department, DCHS plays a strong role in the coordination of the region's human services infrastructure.
To enhance the quality of life, protect rights, and promote the self-sufficiency of our region's diverse individuals, families and communities.
The Department of Community and Human Services supports and maintains vital communities, families and individuals.
Framework Policies for Human Services
The Framework Policies for Human Services adopted by the King County Council in 2007 set the priorities for using the county's discretionary current expense funds and clarify the county's role in human services. Find out more.