This act establishes a board of advisors to provide local guidance to community services offices which are operated by the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) by amending RCW 74.04.005 and adding a section to RCW 74.04.
SB 5493 determines that a board of advisors must be established to provide advice to the operations for each local community services office and to coordinate collaborations with community partners.
The board of advisors would include membership consisting of:
§ 1 representative of each county and city government;
§ 1 representative from a local human services or housing nonprofit organization;
§ 1 representative from the local business community;
§ 1 client of the community services office with lived experience of homelessness or insecure housing;
§ 1 local representative from the market rate housing developer community;
§ 1 representative of a local behavioral health provider;
§ State legislators who service the community services office as ex officio members; and
§ The administrator of the community services office as a nonvoting member
Furthermore, each board of advisors may:
§ Provide input into community service office operations;
§ Enhance community connections between community services offices and relevant sectors of the community;
§ Improve local accountability for the delivery of human services; and
§ Promote innovation.
RCW 74.04.005 is also amended to define “community services office” as a local office within a region defined by the DSHS which processes applications for public assistance.
Further, the regional administrator for the DSHS must meet monthly with each board of advisors to present local data, trends, and recommendations.