Advocacy

WACF's Legislative Agenda

WACF’s legislative agenda is based on shared priorities from our member organizations. These priorities are carried out by Jill May, our Executive Director and Amber McPhee-Millard, our lobbyist. Your own advocacy is also very important. Please reach out to let us know how you can support these legislative priorities.

A Guide to Legislative sessions

2023 Legislative Session:

 

WACF Legislative Agenda
Information coming soon. 

2022 Legislative Session


Legislative Win!
Family Prevention and Support Services (FPSS) Divison

In 2022 the legislature passed a rate increase that helped to ensure the availability of in-home prevention services.   The result was an increase of $8.5 million a year ($17 million biennium).  The new rate was a 45% increase from the previous rate. 

Legislative Win! Intensive Services (IS) Division

The legislature also increased the rates for Behavioral Rehabilitative Services (BRS) to stabilize the work force and attract qualified staff. The increase was $13,375,000, which is a 100% increase in the last four years.   Additionally, $4,500,000 was allocated for BRS Treatment Foster Care Rates to increase the monthly rate paid and support to BRS foster families.

2021 Legislative Session


Legislative Win!
Child Placing Agencies (CPA) Division

In 2020 CPAs were successful in obtaining a badly-needed stabilizing 7.5% rate increase which the legislature acknowledged was needed but was, unfortunately, vetoed due to the COVID-19 emergency. As a result of more advocacy in 2020 it was included in the 2021-23 budget.

Legislative Win! Family Preservation & Support Services (FPSS) Division

In 2020 the legislature passed a rate increase that improved the rate for travel time to provide prevention services to families that are at risk of entering foster care.  In 2021 this increase was listed as a suggested cut to the governor’s budget due to the pandemic.  We were able to keep the rate increase that went into effect July 1, 2020, which maintained the $2.3 million a year proviso that improved the rate of pay for travel to family homes for the 2021-23 budget. - Prevention Services One-Pager 2021

2020 Legislative Session

Legislative Win! Family Preservation & Support Services (FPSS) Division

In 2020, the legislature provided 1 million dollars to bring the travel time rate up from 75% to the full hourly rate of $65. - WACF Prevention Services Travel Reimbursement

Child Placing Agencies (CPA) Division Agenda
CPA One-Pager Final

2019 Legislative Session


Legislative Win!
Intensive Services (IS) Division 

Provider rates were increased to cover the full cost of care for group care agencies (BRS) and a small increase for BRS foster care.  Behavioral Rehabilitative Services increase for group care was consistent with the results of 2018 BRS Rate Study. - WACF 2019 Intensive Services Advocacy Agenda Update 12-11-18 REV

Legislative Win! Family Preservation & Support Services (FPSS) Division

The legislature passed 2nd Substitute - 2SHB 1645 establishing a Certificate of Parental Improvement for individuals who have a founded finding of abuse or neglect. - WACF CERTIFICATE OF PARENTAL IMPROVEMENT-1-30-19

The Washington Association for Children & Families' 2019 Legislative Agenda
2019 WACF Leg Agenda One Pager 1-4-19 REV

Child Placing Agencies (CPA) Division Agenda
2019 CPA Division Public Policy Agenda Update 1-4-19-REV


2018 Legislative Session


Legislative Win!
Intensive Services (IS) Division

In 2018, the legislature passed a proviso requiring DCYF to conduct a rate study. - Behavioral Rehabilitation Services Rate Study

Legislative Win! Family Preservation & Support Services (FPSS) Division

The legislature passed SB 6309 extending the time period for cases to remain open in FAR to 120 days rather than 90 days. - WACF FAR Extension Summary Final

The WACF 2018 Legislative Agenda

2017 Legislative Session


Legislative Win!
The Family Preservation & Support Services (FPSS) Division

The legislature provided funding to bring the travel rate up from 50% of the vendor rate to 75% of the vendor rate. - WACF 2017 travel rate Final

The WACF Public Policy Agenda - 2017 Legislative Session:

2016 Legislative Session


Legislative Win!
Child Placing Agencies Division

The legislature restored the agency fee rates (8.63%) after reductions in 2009 and 2011 and included a cost of living increase (9.4%). The total annual fiscal request was for $925,000. WACF CPA Rate Restoration One Page Summary

Full Legislative Agenda and Division One-Page Summaries:

2015 Legislative Session

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