Section 2-251 Establishment of commisison; powers and duties.

    There is hereby established the Human Services Commission whose purpose is to advise the city council in all matters regarding the planning and contracting for human service programs to adequately meet the needs of the citizens of the City of Columbia, especially the low-income. To meet this responsibility, the commission shall:  

(1)    Determine the human service needs of the citizens of Columbia. This process would include the awareness of existing human services and of any proposed changes in programs and funding which would affect the community.

(2)    Prepare each year, in conjunction with the department of public health and human services , a comprehensive plan for the City of Columbia which outlines the needs and services essential to meet those needs. The commission shall encourage and seek public input in the discussion and decision-making process. The plan shall include the recommended amount of funds to be allocated for each service and shall be reviewed by and subject to approval of the city council.

(3)    Recommend to the city council the appropriate providers of the approved services, including the quality, quantity and cost of each service. Recommendations shall be submitted to the city council. No requests for funding of human services shall be considered by the city council without accompanying written recommendations from the commission.

(4)    Review, as necessary, the provision of human services in Columbia and recommend measures for increasing effectiveness and efficiency whenever possible.

(5)     R eview the actions of local, state and federal government and other funding sources having an effect on human services in Columbia and develop strategies for providing input into any decisions affecting Columbia .

(6)    Exercise such other powers and duties as the city council may from time to time direct.

(7)    The provisions of this section related to the powers and duties of the Human Services Commission do not apply to funding requests, activities or services administered by or under the supervision of any department of the City of Columbia.

Editor's note--Ord. No. 21571, § 1, adopted January 7, 2013, recodified Article V.  The previous applicable sections were Sections 2-265 - 2-270.

(Ord. No. 22005, § 1, 3-17-14)

(Ord. 22005, Amended, 03/17/2014, Prior Text; Ord. 21571, Amended, 01/07/2013, Prior Text; Ord. 21495, Amended, 11/05/2012, Prior Text; Ord. 17798, Amended, 08/18/2003, Prior Text; Ord. 17522, Amended, 12/02/2002, Prior Text; Ord. 15790, Amended, 10/19/1998, Prior Text)