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WAC 246-01-020

Functions.

The department balances its three core functions to accomplish its mission:
(1) Assessment. To regularly assess state health needs and resources, the department shall:
(a) Collect data on health status, personal health services, and the environment;
(b) Address major health problems in the state or community and population groups at greatest risk; availability and quality of service; resource availability; and the primary concerns of both citizens and providers; and
(c) Make budget and program revisions based on this assessment.
(2) Policy development. To develop and implement sound public policy, the department includes:
(a) Knowledge gained from assessment;
(b) Consideration of the political, organizational, and community environments;
(c) Citizen participation; and
(d) Cooperation with the state board of health and other state and local agencies.
(3) Assurance. To ensure the capacity of public health agencies to manage day-to-day operations and to respond to public health emergencies, the department shall:
(a) Provide direct support when costs to replicate services in each local area would be prohibitive;
(b) Provide technical assistance when services can be provided more effectively by local health agencies; and
(c) Provide quality service.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.050. WSR 93-08-004 (Order 346), ยง 246-01-020, filed 3/24/93, effective 4/24/93.]
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