Reduce unnecessary spending in the DSHS department. As a social worker in a community mental health setting that is private non-profit I see an outsiders perspective of how I, and my colleges, do much of the same work that social workers/staff at DSHS do, but we do it with less waste and more effectiveness. The DSHS department seems to have become lackadaisical in it approach to cost effectively offer services. It seems to me that creating a more efficient DSHS will save money, time, resources, and create a culture that DSHS clients will see and begin to emulate and when that happens the cost will decrease further because clients will become more self reliant and capable and thus rely less on the Government. It looks like a win win to me.
Idea No. 2010