Health & Human Services
As Executive, Dow has made it a priority to seek new ways to help those most in need, even in the face of continued federal and state cuts and the aftermath of a devastating recession.
Passage of human services measures – Dow proposed, and the County Council and King County voters approved, renewal of the Veterans and Human Services Levy and creation of a new Children and Family Justice Center. The Veterans and Human Services Levy provides critical help to those in need of mental health, housing, employment and other assistance. The new Children and Family Justice Center will bring together in a more productive, efficient and humane way, the administration of justice and the services young people and families in crisis need to get back on track.
Supportive services for the homeless – In his first term, Dow worked to ensure King County was awarded more than $21 million in federal homeless assistance grants for 2013-2014, making it possible to continue to provide a range of housing and supportive services for individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. By renewing this critical federal funding, the County is continuing to support 66 community-based projects for a total of 1,865 units of housing and to maintain the ongoing work of the Committee to End Homelessness and the implementation of the regional Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness.
Plans to utilize Affordable Care Act – With full implementation of the Affordable Care Act set to begin next year, Dow is meeting with members of the state’s Congressional delegation to advance his countywide effort to make the most of federal health care reform. Dow sees this as an unprecedented opportunity to improve the health of all King County Residents while integrating human services with health. He has launched an initiative to reach out to all 180,000 uninsured men, women and children in King County to get them enrolled in health care and create healthier communities.