What can Washington State do?

A transformation is needed in agency services and funding structures to stabilize the human services system to deliver on its mission ensuring that every child, youth, and family thrives. Insecure and inadequate funding limits nonprofit agencies capacity for creativity and effectiveness.  Insolvency and closure are real threats to our community’s human services infrastructure. As COVID continues to ravage our communities, we are engaging policy makers NOW to ensure that our human services are strong and sustainable, in the future and over time.

  • Establish a policy to fully fund human services contracts at the cost of doing business within five years.
  • Designate revenue to facilitate healthy child, youth and family development and needed services.
  • Enhance policies that keep children, youth, and adults in their community (foster care, juvenile and criminal justice) and redirect spending to support individuals and communities—Early, Flexibly, and in Partnership with our government and community collaborators.
  • Meet the behavioral health needs for children, youth and families with revised payment models that reflect the intensity of needs and adequately reimburse providers for the cost of clinical care, essential supervision of clinical care and infrastructure requirements for HIPAA compliant care and reporting.

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