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The Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) is responsible for delivering, either directly or via community-based contracts, a wide variety of housing and human services for King County's most vulnerable and at-risk residents. The department contracts out about 80 percent of its annual budget to community agencies.

A contract with DCHS is a binding legal document that describes what each party signing the contract will do. The contract explains requirements and terms for payment.

Contracting glossary

DCHS often uses a Request for Proposal (RFP) process to select a vendor or provider of services when funding is available. Open opportunities for contracting with DCHS are advertised through RFPs or Notices of Funding Availability (NOFA). Interested agencies with the required qualifications are invited to respond. Click the green box on the right for current funding opportunities.

DCHS Contract Service Areas

The mission of DCHS is to provide equitable opportunities for people to be healthy, happy, self-reliant and connected to community. The majority of services are provided through its divisions:

  • Community Services
  • Developmental Disabilities
  • Behavioral Health and Recovery
Learn about DCHS contracting service areas


Contractor/Agency Qualifications

The qualifications required to contract with DCHS vary widely because of the diversity of the programs and services provided. General required qualifications include:

  • Demonstrated ability to serve the relevant client population
  • Required legal licenses and certificates and being in good standing
  • Clear and current criminal history background checks as required
  • Must not be presently debarred, suspended, proposed for debarment, declared ineligible, or voluntarily excluded from participation in federal programs
  • Sound financial condition
  • Acceptable history related to any legal issues
  • Ability to provide quality data
  • Ability to meet performance standards and measures
  • For some contracts must be a non-profit with a board of directors
  • Ability to meet insurance requirements.
  • Non-discrimination policies for hiring staff

In addition, there are specific requirements for different areas of DCHS services.

Full list of contract requirements


Contract Development and Monitoring

When a contract has been awarded or new funding allocated, the agency will be contacted by a King County contract monitor/manager who will assist with each step of the process, and will monitor for compliance with contract terms.

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