DCHS Contracting Service Areas and Contacts
The Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) manages a wide range of programs and services to assist the county's most vulnerable and at-risk residents. We deliver these services primarily through community-based contracts. Read below to learn more about our programs and service areas, and who to contact if you are interested in contracting with us.
Behavioral Health and Recovery Division coordinates comprehensive inpatient and outpatient mental health care for persons with severe mental illness and supports an effective system of prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery support for persons who are at risk for or who are dependent upon alcohol or other drugs.
- Mental health services include community-based outpatient services, residential treatment, inpatient services, and crisis services.
- Substance use disorder services include community-based outpatient services, residential treatment, medication assisted treatment, sobering and withdrawal management services, and other recovery support services.
- Alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention services include outreach, community education, coalition-building, school-based prevention/intervention services, delivery of evidence-based prevention services, policy development and advocacy, positive youth development, parenting education and support, and Screening Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) as well as other services.
The Community Development Program funds projects that benefit low and moderate-income communities and/or clients such as community facilities; public improvements such as parks, sidewalks, water and sewer systems; and minor housing repair. Non-profit agencies and local governments are eligible to apply for these funds annually. A Pre-Application is required. A subsequent detailed application must be completed and submitted to the Community Development Program by May 31 of each year. Awards are announced each year at the end of September.
The Developmental Disabilities Division funds programs that help support individuals with developmental disabilities and their families to lead full, integrated, and productive lives. DDD services include support for birth-to-three year old children and their families; employment support for adults, including the School-to-Work program; community access services; technical assistance for service systems; and community information and outreach. Requests for applications to become a contracted service provider occur periodically or on an ongoing basis, depending on community needs and contractual requirements. Contracting opportunities are posted on the DDD and Procurement websites.
Employment Programs collaborate with many community partners to create a customer focused workforce development system throughout Seattle-King County. Education and employment opportunities are in place to help youth and adults become successful in their careers. Young people are assisted to stay in school or re-engage in school through a variety of programs that build skills to ensure success in school and work. Adults are assisted to make smooth career transitions through the Seattle-King County WorkSource system. King County Jobs Initiative (KCJI) provides vocational training and job placement services for low-income, disadvantaged adults, working with a network of employers around the county. KCJI contracts with community-based organizations to perform account executive services and job readiness training, including outreach, recruitment, assessment, comprehensive case management, enrollment into job training, job placement and support services.
The Homeless Housing Program funds programs that provide emergency shelter, transitional housing, homelessness prevention services, and permanent supportive housing for families and individuals in King County. The program regularly runs Request for Proposal (RFP) processes related to a variety of federal, state and local funding sources. Program and eligibility requirements, as well as application dates and funding periods are in the RFP guidelines and are posted electronically. A technical assistance workshop is held early in each process to provide additional information and answer any questions a potential applicant may have.
The Housing Finance Program funds acquisition, rehabilitation, and new construction of permanent housing for low and moderate-income people, emergency and transitional housing, and first-time homebuyer assistance programs. Awards are made following an annual application/review process, and help leverage other public and private funding.
The Housing Repair Program provides financial and technical assistance to eligible applicants for the purpose of repairing or rehabilitating homes in King County. Services are available to low to moderate-income homeowners. Contracts are negotiated with each eligible and approved homeowner.
Special Programs are one-time only funds designated through the annual county budget process for services or special projects supporting a range of community service areas. These funding awards must comply with all contracting requirements.
In 2005, King County voters approved a property tax measure creating regional health and human services funds to assist veterans and their families and others in need. In 2011, voters then renewed the levy through 2017. The tax of five cents per $1,000 assessed property value generates about $18 million annually and supports a broad array of services. Updated information is available on the Veterans and Human Services Levy web page.
The Veterans' Program provides financial assistance, employment services, short and long-term transitional housing, mental health and trauma counseling services to low-income veterans, their families and their dependents residing in this county. Services are provided by county employees as well as by contractors.
The Women's Program funds domestic violence and sexual assault services, batterer's treatment, legal services, shelter and transitional housing services, information and referral, and interpreter services.
The network is a group of community-based agencies that are located and serve youth and families in each of the 19 school districts in King County, providing a range of family support and individualized services to at-risk youth.