- Associated Press - Thursday, December 15, 2016

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Gov. Jay Inslee wants to create a new cabinet-level department called the Department of Children, Youth and Families.

Under a plan announced this week as part of his two-year budget proposal, the current Department of Early Learning would be merged with Child Protective Services, juvenile justice programs, foster care services and other child-welfare programs currently administered by the Department of Social and Health Services.

The Seattle Times reported Thursday (https://bit.ly/2hTWl49) that creating and organizing the new department would cost an estimated $7 million to $9 million in both 2018 and 2019.

The proposal is the result of a bipartisan commission, created by Inslee in February, that unanimously recommended creating the new department. Instead of creating new programs, the goal is to reorganize existing programs so they could be deployed more efficiently.

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