Human Services Department Divisions
Ensures efficient and effective operation of the entire department, provides information and referral assistance for other county departments and the community at-large, and leverages millions of federal and state dollars to support human services programs through the investment of a relatively small amount of County General Funds.
Provides management of alcohol and drug treatment services for indigent and low-income alcoholics and addicts, provides substance abuse prevention services that can prevent or delay the misuse and abuse of alcohol, tobacco, and/or other drugs, and provides thousands of people with direct information services on Driving Under the Influence through victim panels, school Assemblies, driver's education classes, and the Evergreen State Fair.
Helps eligible disabled adults obtain State funded home care services which allow them to remain in their own homes. Assists functionally impaired adults in obtaining and using necessary support services. Home care services can include help with walking, bathing, cooking, housework, etc.
Assists veterans through temporary financial hardships, focuses on issues and projects that affect children and youth, assists low-income families in moving from poverty to economic self-sufficiency, helps low-income preschool children succeed in the public education system by addressing the educational, health, and social needs of children, assists persons who are at risk of becoming homeless to retain their housing and assists those who are homeless to access shelter and supportive services, and helps thousands avoid shutoff of utility services and helps improve homes of low-income residents to conserve on energy costs.
Provides oversight to insure quality of services in mental health programs including the crisis system and provides prompt evaluation and appropriate treatment of persons with serious mental disorders and protect public safety.
Supports individuals with developmental disabilities and their families to become involved, contributing members of our communities.
OHHCD is responsible for administering, monitoring and supporting the following federal Housing and Urban Development (HUD) programs as well as State and local housing and homelessness funds which total approximately $12 million annually. In addition, approximately $4.3 million of federal stimulus funds have been added in recent years.
Provides home care management, initial and ongoing training to hundreds of home care workers, manages contracts with numerous vendors and enforces service standard compliance, manages the Family Caregiver Program, assists Senior Centers delivers a full range of health and social services, and provides complaint services through the Regional Long Term Care Ombudsman.
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