Babette (Babs) Roberts, Director, Community Services Division, Washington State Department of Social and Health Services
Babette (Babs) Roberts, Director, Community Services Division, Washington State Department of Social and Health Services
Babs Roberts currently serves as the Director for the Community Services Division (CSD) within the Economic Services Administration of the Department of Social and Health Services. Babs has been the director since December 2009. CSD has primary responsibility for the policy development and implementation of public assistance programs such as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Refugee Cash Assistance (RCA), Aged/Blind/Disabled (ABD) and Pregnant Women's Assistance (PWA) as well as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP commonly referred to as Basic Food) and Food Assistance for Legal Immigrants (FAP). In addition, CSD provides eligibility determination services for a multitude of medical assistance programs and Child Care Subsidy programs.

CSD works in partnership with Employment Security, State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, Department of Commerce, the Department of Early Learning and the Office of Financial Management to implement the WorkFirst program which provides employment and training assistance to TANF recipients that are designed to move parents towards self-sufficiency through employment.