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Big Changes are Coming for Health and Human Services

Transformation. Integration. Collaboration. These three buzz words are changing the face of health and human services. Earlier this year, Washington State, home to some of the most innovative and transformational efforts in the nation, released their health care innovation plan. The plan identifies three core strategies to improve health and healthcare while lowering costs: Improve […]


Read all about it…in Life Lines newsletter!

Read about local human services news and innovaitons in the May edition of HSD’s Life Lines newsletter.


Mayor’s Proposed Budget preserves human services

Mayor Mike McGinn presented his Proposed 2013-2014 Budget to the City Council on September 24th. The budget preserves direct human services and adds funding for inflation increases for agencies, child care assistance, homeless families, domestic violence prevention, a pilot program to help young adults of color find career path jobs. For details about the budget […]


Dannette R. Smith confirmed as Human Services Director

On Monday, Oct. 11, the Seattle City Council unanimously confirmed Dannette R. Smith to be Director of the Seattle Human Services Department. A few minutes later, she was sworn in to office by City Clerk Monica Simmons. To view the Seattle Channel video click on this link and advance the tape about 1 minute 50 […]


Dannette Smith named Human Services director

On Tuesday, June 8, Mayor Mike McGinn appointed Dannette R. Smith, of Fairburn, Ga., as the new director of the Seattle Human Services Department. Smith currently is director of the Fulton County Department of Family and Children Services, part of the State of Georgia Department of Human Services and the state’s largest human services agency. […]


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New Web site tracks federal stimulus spending

Mayor Mike McGinn recently announced the launch of a new City Web site to track how federal stimulus money are used in Seattle. The Web site,, shows how the city is using money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) in seven investment areas: economic development, community development, social services, public safety, environment, energy, […]


How human services fared in legislative session

On April 12, the State Legislature reached agreement on a budget and revenue package, and for the most part, human services were spared from drastic cuts. Legislators were faced with a $2.8 billion shortfall and ended up using a combination of additional federal funds, new tax revenues, budget reserves and targeted program spending cuts to close the […]

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