About the DCHS
Department of Community and Human Services
Provide equitable opportunities for people to be healthy, happy, self-reliant and connected to community.
The Department of Community and Human Services supports and maintains vital communities, families and individuals.
At the King County Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS), we manage a range of programs and services to help our county's most vulnerable residents and strengthen our communities. We have five divisions in the department that help us offer services for our residents, and we mainly contract with community-based agencies to provide those services. Our divisions are as follows:
- Adult Services (ASD): Focuses on adult education and employment; civil legal aid; older adult services; service members and military families; survivors of domestic abuse, sexual assault and trafficking; and the King County Veterans Program, which includes several unique services in itself
Division Director: Scarlett Aldebott-Green
- Behavioral Health and Recovery (BHRD): Focuses on crisis response and investigation for involuntary commitment; mental health and substance use disorder, intervention, prevention and treatment; and services to support recovery
Division Director: Kelli Nomura
- Children, Youth and Young Adults (CYYAD): Focuses on early intervention, prevention and promotion for children and youth ages 5-24; justice system alternatives; and youth education and employment
Division Director: Sheila Capestany
- Developmental Disabilities and Early Childhood Supports (DDECSD): Focuses on early intervention for infants and toddlers with developmental delays; employment services for people with developmental disabilities; healthy development for children birth to age five; infant mental health; and support services for families of people with disabilities
Division Director: Magan Cromar
- Housing, Homelessness and Community Development (HHCDD): Focuses on community development; creating and preserving affordable and special needs housing, housing repair programs, services and shelter for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness
Division Director: Mark Ellerbrook
Our entire department, along with our trusted network of community providers and partners, plays a leading role in creating and coordinating the region’s human services infrastructure. The Director’s Office, led by Leo Flor, Department Director; Josephine Wong, Deputy Director; and Denise Rothleutner, Chief of Staff, manages the critical business functions of the department and provides regional leadership for our various efforts.
The DCHS Director’s Office is also responsible for providing leadership and coordination for All Home, a regional effort that brings together all levels of the community in a coordinated response to the immediate crisis of homelessness. Our department also stewards the revenue from the Veterans, Seniors and Human Services Levy (VSHSL), Best Starts for Kids (BSK) levy and the Mental Illness and Drug Dependency (MIDD) sales tax. These initiatives provide critical funding and support for various related programs.