Partners for Our Children

Sponsored by Rep. Freeman, HB 1774 is very similar to SB 5531. 

As amended on the House Floor:  Partners for Our Children and DSHS, in collaboration with other stakeholders, will develop measurements in the areas of safety, permanency, and well-being, using existing data from state agencies. DSHS and other state agencies will provide data related to the measurements developed at least quarterly and POC will make any nonidentifiable data publicly available. In addition, the deadline for DSHS to enter into performance-based contracts for the provision of family support and related services is extended from one year, to December 1, 2014. [The RFP will be delayed until the end of 2013.] The implementation deadline for performance-based contracting is extended to July 1, 2015. The date by which the child welfare demonstration sites must be implemented is extended until December 30, 2016. The provisions setting forth the duties of the Transformation Design Committee are suspended until December 1, 2015.

As amended by the HSC Committee:  New language mandated that DSHS and a university-based child welfare research entity develop child welfare measurements rather than specifically codifying the University of Washington (UW) and Partners for Our Children (POC).  Language dealing with the reseach entity and DSHS working with stakeholders to develop measures was removed.  The date by which DSHS must enter into performance-based contracts was amended to July 1, 2014, and the title was amended to include the performance-based contracting and demonstration site sections that were adopted on the House floor.