The department shall develop and implement a caregiver liaison program within the department for the purpose of improving communication between the department and caregivers. The caregiver liaison program is responsible for:
Assisting caseworkers in promptly communicating with caregivers of children receiving child welfare services;
Developing policies for sharing appropriate and timely information with caregivers of children receiving child welfare services; and
Directly communicating with caregivers of children receiving child welfare services when an individual caseworker is unable to promptly communicate due to other work demands.
By October 1, 2022, and in compliance with RCW 43.01.036, the department shall submit a report to the appropriate committees of the legislature and the governor describing:
How the department could implement an automated notification system that would provide electronic or telephonic notifications to caregivers of children receiving child welfare services regarding upcoming changes in placements for the child, court hearings, or other relevant and appropriate information; and
Any statutory, policy, or funding changes needed to accomplish the automated notification system described in (a) of this subsection.
This section expires April 1, 2023.