Status Summary

Executive action taken in the Senate Committee on Human Services & Corrections on 1/24: Majority; passed and referred to Ways & Means. Referred to Ways and Means on 1/25, however, was then referred to Rules. The bill has not yet been pulled in Rules. On 2/12, Rules suspended. Passed on Third Reading.; yeas, 47; nays, 0; absent, 0; excused, 2. SB6407 was referred to the House ELHS committee and is was heard, amended and passed in the House ELHS Committee and referred to Appropriations. It has not yet been scheduled for a hearing. Heard in Approp. on 2/24. Exec. action taken on 2/26; APP – Majority passed with amendment(s) but without amendment(s) by Early Learning & Human Services. On 2/26, referred to Rules. On 2/28, Rules relieved of further consideration and placed on second reading. On 3/1, Committee amendment not adopted. Committee amendment(s) adopted with no other amendments. Rules suspended and placed on third reading. Passed on third reading; yeas, 97; nays, 0; absent, 0; excused, 1 On 3/6, Senate concurred in House amendments. Final passage passed; yeas, 49; nays, 0; absent, 0; excused, 0. Once signed by the Speaker and President of the Senate the bill will be delivered to the Governor for action. (updated 3/8)

Legislative Session

2018

Status

In Progress

Sponsor

Sen. Darneille

SB6407 removes language in current statute noting “supervising agency.”

“Supervising agency” is considered an agency licensed by the state or licensed by a federally recognized Indian tribe located in this state that has entered into a performance-based contract with the department to provide case management for the delivery and documentation of child welfare service. 

The bill removes language giving supervising agencies case management responsibilities of child welfare, if the supervising agency is providing child welfare services.

[This is language from HB 2106, passed by the legislature in 2009 but never went into effect.] 

Repeals additional RCWs related to the demonstration sites created in HB2106 in 2009.

*Companion to HB 2795

The House Early Learning and Human Services Committee adopted amendments that make the following changes: 

1. Requires DCYF to conduct processes to expand geographic coverage of network administrators for family support and related services no later than July 1, 2021.
2. Removes the requirement that DCYF actively consult with other state agencies with relevant expertise and with philanthropic entities in conducting the procurement of network administrators.
3. Removes the requirement that the director of OFM approve the network administrator request for proposal.
4. Specifies that each network administrator shall manage the entire family support and service array within the geographic boundaries of a given network and have the authority to redistribute funding within the network based on provider performance and to add services as funding is available.
5. Requires DCYF to share all relevant data with network administrators and make all performance data available to the public.
6. Specifies that DCYF must not require existing network administrators to reapply to provide network administrator services in the coverage area of the existing network administrator.
7. Requires DCYF to annually submit to the DCYF Oversight Board and the appropriate committees a report detailing the status of the network administrator procurement and implementation process. 
8. Requires DCYF to consider the value of the existing data platform for child welfare services and not assume future costs in the cost estimate for expanded network administrator implementation.

The following changes were made in the House Appropriations Committee on 2/26:

-Establishes a stated goal of the Legislature to expand the coverage area of network administrators to encompass the entire state.
-Removes the requirement that a procurement process for network administrators that encompasses all areas of the state be concluded by July 1, 2021.
-Specifies that approval must be provided by DCYF for network administrators to have the authority to redistribute funding within a network based on provider performance and the need to address service gaps.
-Modifies expansion of the network administrator coverage to limit expansion to the East side of the Cascade Mountains requiring that RFPs be issued by September 20, 2018 with implementation beginning January 1, 2019.
-DCYF is required to submit a recommendation to the Oversight Board and other committees by September 1, 2020 regarding the expansion of network administrators.

The effects of House Appropriations amendments are:

- Establishes a stated goal of the Legislature to expand the coverage area of network administrators to encompass the entire state.
- Requires that DCYF issue a request for proposal for expanded network administrator coverage on the east side of the Cascade Mountains by September 30, 2019, and that expanded implementation in this region must begin by January 30, 2019, if a qualified organization responds.
-Requires that DCYF submit a recommendation to the DCYF Oversight Board and the appropriate legislative committees by September 1, 2020 regarding the time frame for expansion of network administrator coverage to additional regions of the state. 
- Removes the requirement that DCYF actively consult with other state agencies with relevant expertise and with philanthropic entities in conducting the procurement of network administrators.
- Removes the requirement that the director of OFM approve the network administrator request for proposal.
- Specifies that each network administrator shall: (a) Manage the entire family support and related service array within the geographic boundaries of a given network; and (b) have the authority to redistribute funding within the network based on provider performance and to address service gaps, if approved by the DCYF.
- Requires the DCYF to: (a) Share all relevant data with the network administrators; and (b) make all performance data available to the public.
- Specifies that the DCYF must not require existing network administrators to reapply to provide network administrator services in the coverage area of the existing network administrator on the effective date of this section.
- Requires the DCYF to annually submit to the Oversight Board for Children, Youth, and Families and the appropriate committees of the Legislature a report detailing the status of the network administrator procurement and implementation process.
- Requires the DCYF to consider the value of the existing data platform for child welfare services and not assume future costs in developing the existing child welfare data platform in determining the cost estimates for expanded network administrator implementation.