Chapter 2.400
DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES

Sections:

2.400.005    Purpose of chapter.

2.400.010    Creation of department of human services and purpose.

2.400.020    Definitions.

2.400.030    Authority and functions.

2.400.040    Director.

2.400.050    Appointment of director.

2.400.060    Organization by director.

2.400.063    Repealed.

2.400.065    Approval of contracts.

2.400.067    Contracting policies for certain home care services, chemical dependency or mental health treatment services, and therapeutic court services.

2.400.070    Severability.

2.400.075    Effective date.

2.400.005 Purpose of chapter.

The purpose of this chapter is to establish and set forth the authority and functions of the department of human services.

(Added Amended Ord. 05-107, November 21, 2005, Eff date July 1, 2006)

2.400.010 Creation of department of human services and purpose.

The department of human services is hereby created. It shall be included within the purpose of this department to integrate and coordinate all programs within the county’s jurisdiction that provide services to individuals who, as a result of their health, or economic or social condition, require financial assistance, institutional care, rehabilitation, training, education, or other human services. The department will concern itself with changing social needs and will expedite the development and implementation of programs designed to meet those needs.

(Ord. 82-111 § 1, adopted October 26, 1982; Amended Ord. 05-107, November 21, 2005, Eff date July 1, 2006).

2.400.020 Definitions.

The following definitions shall apply to terms used in this chapter:

(1) "Department" means the Snohomish county department of human services.

(2) "Director" means the director of the department of human services.

(3) "County personnel system" means those statements of policy and procedure contained in Title 3A SCC or its successor.

(4) "Exempt employee system" means the conditions of employment under the provisions of the chapter 3.68 SCC and amendments thereto.

(5) "Home care services" means in-home personal care and other services provided to assist eligible individuals with activities of daily living under a program administered by the department of human services, including but not limited to the Community Options Program Entry System (COPES) and Medicaid Personal Care (MPC) programs.

(6) "Chemical dependency or mental health treatment services, or therapeutic court services," means services provided under a program administered by the department of human services with revenues from the tax imposed by SCC 4.25.010.

(7) "Labor harmony plan" means a plan to prevent or mitigate service disruptions and related adverse impacts of labor unrest.

(8) "Labor organization" means a labor union that is, or is actively seeking to become, the exclusive bargaining representative for employees that provide or will provide home care services, chemical dependency or mental health treatment services, or therapeutic court services, under a program administered by the department.

(9) "Labor unrest" means a dispute between management and labor within a private sector provider of home care services, chemical dependency or mental health treatment services, or therapeutic court services, that are provided under a program administered by the department.

(Ord. 82-111 § 1, adopted October 26, 1982; Amended by Ord. 09-011, Mar. 25, 2009, Eff date Apr. 13, 2009).

2.400.030 Authority and functions.

(1) The department shall have the authority to administer and coordinate county programs and projects relating to human services in accordance with county, state and federal laws or regulations. All applications for federal or state grants or loans to such county programs or projects shall be submitted to the department for review and recommendation as to their consistency with state, regional, local or other plans or policies and their potential duplication or conflict with other application, all for the purpose of maximizing federal or state benefits available to the county.

(2) The department’s scope of authority shall include, but not be limited to the following functional areas:

(a) Programs providing employment, training, and other supportive services designed to minimize the barriers to employment encountered by economically disadvantaged persons and to enable such persons to secure and retain unsubsidized employment in the public and private sectors of the economy;

(b) Programs providing financial and social and health services to the elderly designed to remove or reduce any barrier that interferes with the elderly’s ability to live independently;

(c) Programs designed to ensure that the needs of developmentally disabled persons are met;

(d) Programs that provide any of the services mandated by the State Involuntary Treatment Act chapter 71.05 RCW;

(e) Programs designed to ensure that the needs of the mentally ill are met;

(f) Programs related to the problems of alcohol and other drug abuse;

(g) Energy assistance and weatherization programs for low-income populations;

(h) Programs that provide technical assistance and education for the agricultural industry;

(i) Program that develop and support healthy youth, families and community development;

(j) Early Childhood Education and Assistance programs;

(k) Programs that provide relief for indigent veterans in need of food, rental assistance, medical care or transportation; and

(l) Programs related to housing, including but not limited to low and moderate-income housing, emergency shelter, and affordable housing.

(3) Separate advisory boards required by state or federal funding sources or created under state and/or county code will continue to act in an advisory capacity for the separate program areas relating to aging, employment and training, mental health, alcohol and other drug abuse, developmental disabilities, veterans, children, youth, families, housing and other program areas. These advisory boards will make recommendations to the director of the department of human services on the separate county program areas.

(Ord. 82-111 § 1, adopted October 26, 1982; Amended Ord. 05-107, November 21, 2005, Eff date July 1, 2006).

2.400.040 Director.

The director shall supervise and administer the activities of the department and shall advise the executive and the council with respect to matters affecting human services and the extent to which the county should participate in various human services programs and projects. The director may, upon approval by the executive, enter into and amend contracts on behalf of the county where the executive is authorized to do so under SCC 2.400.065. The director may act for the county in initiating or participating in any multi-governmental agency program relative to the purposes of this chapter and may accept, on behalf of the county, gifts and grants of every kind and nature. The director shall prepare and submit to the executive annual budget estimates for the department as provided in SCC 4.26.030. The director shall appoint all officers and employees of the department in accordance with the rules of the county personnel system. The director may delegate functions, powers and duties to other officers and employees of the department as (s)he deems expedient to further the purposes of this chapter.

(Ord. 82-111, § 1, adopted Oct. 26, 1982; Amended Ord. 92-067, July 8, 1992; Amended Ord. 07-015, March 21, 2007, Eff date April 7, 2007).

2.400.050 Appointment of director.

The director shall be appointed by the executive subject to confirmation by the county council. The director shall serve at the pleasure of the executive and shall be subject to the county exempt employee system, chapter 3.68 SCC.

(Ord. 82-111 § 1, adopted October 26, 1982).

2.400.060 Organization by director.

The director may create divisions and reassign positions and functions within the department; PROVIDED, That any budget transfers required by such actions shall first be approved by the council; and PROVIDED FURTHER, That personnel changes shall be made in conformance with the requirements of the county personnel system.

(Ord. 82-111 § 1, adopted October 26, 1982).

2.400.063 Grant work plan.

(Added by Amended Ord. 10-113, Dec. 16, 2010, Eff date Dec. 26, 2010; Repealed by Ord. 11-047, July 27, 2011, Eff date Aug. 7, 2011).

2.400.065 Approval of Contracts.

(1) The county executive is authorized to approve and execute any contracts and contract amendments to implement a program administered by the department; PROVIDED, agreements, if any, with state, federal or other sources of funds that are necessary to provide funding for such contracts or contract amendments have been previously approved and the county council has appropriated funds for such programs; PROVIDED FURTHER, That the county executive shall submit to the county council an annual report, not later than February 15th of each year, showing the parties, contract amount, and purposes of each contract and contract amendment approved and executed by the county executive under this section.

(2) This section does not authorize the county executive to approve contracts with state or other sources of county funds for programs administered by the department, when the state or other source of funds requires that such contracts must be approved by the county council. The county executive may approve and sign amendments to such contracts as authorized by SCC 2.10.010(24), (25) or (28) or by specific county council action.

(3) Contracts and contract amendments with private sector providers of home care services, chemical dependency or mental health treatment services, or therapeutic court services, that are approved by the county executive under this section must be awarded in a manner consistent with contracting policies adopted under SCC 2.400.067, if applicable.

(Added Ord. 92-067, July 8, 1992; Amended Ord. 93-122, Dec. 1, 1993, Eff date Dec. 11, 1993; Amended Ord. 98-005, § 1, Feb. 11, 1998, Eff date Feb. 23, 1998; Amended by Ord. 09-011, March 25, 2009, Eff date Jan. 1, 2010; Amended by Ord. 10-113, Dec. 15, 2010, Eff date Dec. 27, 2010; Amended by Ord. 14-111, March 4, 2015, Eff date March 16, 2015).

2.400.067 Contracting policies for certain home care services, chemical dependency or mental health treatment services, and therapeutic court services.

(1) The county executive shall adopt such written contracting policies as may be necessary, as determined by the executive, to prevent or mitigate service disruptions caused by labor unrest within private sector providers of home care services, chemical dependency or mental health treatment services, or therapeutic court services, that would harm vulnerable members of the community, compromise the efficient delivery of county services, or adversely impact law enforcement services provided by the county.

(2) In considering adoption of contracting policies under subsection (1) of this section, the executive shall consider whether to include at least the following policy elements:

(a) A requirement that providers submit labor harmony plans at the time of application for a county contract;

(b) A requirement that labor harmony plans submitted with an application include:

(i) if at the time of application a labor organization exists within the meaning of SCC 2.400.020(8), a written agreement between the provider and labor organization that contains a procedure the parties will use or have used to prevent or mitigate adverse impacts of labor unrest on recipients of services, or

(ii) if at the time of application a labor organization does not exist within the meaning of SCC 2.400.020(8), a written statement by the provider of what measures it will take or has taken to prevent or mitigate adverse impacts of labor unrest on recipients of services;

(c) Procedures that providers and labor organizations may use to develop labor harmony plans or resolve disputes relating to development or implementation of labor harmony plans;

(d) Procedures for evaluation of labor harmony plans by the county;

(e) Procedures for rejection of labor harmony plans by the county;

(f) Procedures for administrative review of decisions by the county to reject labor harmony plans; and

(g) Exceptions to labor harmony plan requirements.

(3) All contracting policies adopted under this section must be based on and consistent with the county’s proprietary interest in preventing or mitigating service disruptions and related adverse impacts of labor unrest.

(Added by Ord. 09-011, Mar. 25, 2009, Eff date Apr. 13, 2009)

2.400.070 Severability.

If any provision of this chapter is held invalid, the remainder of the chapter shall not be affected.

(Ord. 82-111 § 1, adopted October 26, 1982).

2.400.075 Effective date.

The effective date of the ordinance codified in this chapter shall be January l, 1983.

(Ord. 82-111 § 1, adopted October 26, 1982).