DCYF Area Reports

8/2018 DCYF

We held the CHET DTB on the 17th.  Your team consisted of Sandra Hilzendeger, Ray Robinson, Kathy Hammersley, and Elizabeth Skinner.  The meeting went well and after much discussion and clarification it was a matter of not just CHET screeners having to complete an additional task, but one of they will, as will the whole agency refer to WISe, if they see reasons to do so.  Your team did a great job!

The  DTB over the creation of the agency is still ongoing, we met on August 29th, see Amy’s report for details on that meeting.  We have a lot of moving pieces here, so if you have things you’d like to talk about, take them to your CR, or email me.

7/2018 DCYF

The CHET DTB from CA has been filed, more to come when dates are set! DEL was pretty quiet in July. From August on, you will find updates for DEL and CA under DCYF. We are meeting in August with OFM to continue our DTB over the creation of the agency. We have a lot of moving pieces here, so if you have things you’d like to talk about, take them to your CR, or email me.
DSHS/DCS

We have our Fall UMCC coming up. Nothing much else going on Union-wise, but DCS now has a new director.

DCYF—It’s officially its own agency now!! 

Here is a brief overview/history of how we got here. In February of 2016 Governor Inslee established the Blue Ribbon Commission on Delivery of Services to Children and Families. The commission’s task was to recommend the organizational structure of a new agency that focused solely on children and families. In November of 2016 they issued their final report, which can be found here: https://www.governor.wa.gov/issues/issues/health-care-human-services/blu.... Based on that report, and following passage by the legislature, Inslee signed HB 1661 in July of 2017 creating the Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF). July 1, 2018 DSHS/CA and DEL merged to form the new DCYF. Multiple reports to the legislature are due in November and December of 2018. This will inform the decision making about the addition of some childcare functions and JR to DCYF. It is important to note that the law is written to include them effective in 2019. You can find more information about the timeline here: https://www.dcyf.wa.gov/oiaa/timeline-deliverables-hb-1661. Our Union bargaining team has begun meeting with the employer over the many facets of implementing this new agency. This will occur over several meetings and months and will include discussion or bargaining over many things like work locations, leave approvals, layoff units, agency policies, protections for permanent status, and a new UMCC, just to name a few. Our first meeting occurred on 4/17/18 and the team spent time discussing and outlining all of the tasks that lie ahead to ensure a thorough and thoughtful bargaining process. The bargaining dates were 4/17, 4/23, 5/7, 5/18, 5/21, and 6/11/18. Our Union bargaining team is Cynthia Anstiss, Damon Corrigan and Rita Swanson from DEL, Sandra Hilzedenger, Joyce Murphy, and Jeanette Obelcz from DSHS/CA, Gabe Hall from DSHS/JR, WFSE President Sue Henricksen, and WFSE Staff Laura Hartless and Amy Spiegel.

NOW: We’ve got some of the bare bones policies off the ground (Check the above link for the updates) and we’ve got two more meetings scheduled August 6 and 7. Your bargaining team accomplished a great deal in our meetings with OFM, and we have a great deal of work in front of us. You can be proud of your team, they have put in a lot of time and effort to make this transition as smooth as possible. In addition, the working title of Social Worker is going to be used in DCYF as it has been in DSHS. This is important to both members and the community. Watch This Space!

6/2018 DCYF

It’s officially its own agency now!!

Here is a brief overview/history of how we got here.   In February of 2016 Governor Inslee established the Blue Ribbon Commission on Delivery of Services to Children and Families. The commission’s task was to recommend the organizational structure of a new agency that focused solely on children and families. In November of 2016 they issued their final report, which can be found here: https://www.governor.wa.gov/issues/issues/health-care-human-services/blue-ribbon-commission-children-and-families.

Based on that report, and following passage by the legislature, Inslee signed HB 1661 in July of 2017 creating the Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF).

July 1, 2018 DSHS/CA and DEL merged to form the new DCYF.

Multiple reports to the legislature are due in November and December of 2018. This will inform the decision making about the addition of some childcare functions and JR to DCYF. It is important to note that the law is written to include them effective in 2019. You can find more information about the timeline here: https://www.dcyf.wa.gov/oiaa/timeline-deliverables-hb-1661.

Our Union bargaining team has begun meeting with the employer over the many facets of implementing this new agency. This will occur over several meetings and months and will include discussion or bargaining over many things like work locations, leave approvals, layoff units, agency policies, protections for permanent status, and a new UMCC, just to name a few.

Our first meeting occurred on 4/17/18 and the team spent time discussing and outlining all of the tasks that lie ahead to ensure a thorough and thoughtful bargaining process.  The bargaining dates were 4/17, 4/23, 5/7, 5/18, 5/21, and 6/11/18.  Our Union bargaining team is Cynthia Anstiss, Damon Corrigan and Rita Swanson from DEL, Sandra Hilzedenger, Joyce Murphy, and Jeanette Obelcz from DSHS/CA, Gabe Hall from DSHS/JR, WFSE President Sue Henricksen, and WFSE Staff Laura Hartless and Amy Spiegel.

NOW:  We’ve got some of the bare bones policies off the ground (Check the above link for the updates) and we’ve got two more meetings scheduled for August.  Your bargaining team accomplished a great deal in our meetings with OFM, and we have a great deal of work in front of us. You can be proud of your team, they have put in a lot of time and effort to make this transition as smooth as possible.  In addition, the working title of Social Worker is going to be used in DCYF as it has been in DSHS.  This is important to both members and the community.   Watch This Space!