August 1, 2001
Urban Institute

The visits to Washington state, on which this report is based, offer a first look at Washington's welfare reform effort as it was carried out in the Seattle and King County areas. Washington continues its tradition of providing a generous safety net, while implementing several key features embodied in federal welfare reform such as time limits and a work-first philosophy. To implement its vision of welfare reform, the state also undertook some significant organizational changes to reach its present structure, which is a partnership among four state agencies