About the Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS)
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, Seniors and Human Services Levy, the Best Starts for Kids Levy and the Mental Illness and Drug Dependency sales tax.
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.
Provide equitable opportunities for people to be healthy, happy, self-reliant and connected to community.
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.
Learn About Our Divisions
Behavioral Health and Recovery Division
Veterans Services Housing and Homelessness Services Employment and Education Resources
Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services, Older Adult Services, Civil Legal Services
Developmental Disabilities Division