Aging and Long-Term Support Administration

Latest News

New rules for Residential Long-Term Care Services Training
The department is repealing chapter 388-112 WAC and creating new sections in a new chapter 388-112A WAC “Residential Long-Term Care Services Training”. The new chapter 388-112A WAC provides requirements for long-term care worker training and home care aide certification, specialty training curriculum and instructor requirements, and a new category of training and certification requirements for long-term care workers in enhanced services facilities.  Chapter 388-112A WAC is organized to provide clarity in long-term care worker training, certification, curricula, and instructor requirements. New chapter organization chart available upon request to Suemary Trobaugh.

Recognizing the importance of caregivers, DSHS launches new services
As Washington celebrates National Family Caregiver month, recognizing the incredible work of more than 830,000 Washingtonians who provide care to their loved ones, the Department of Social and Health Services is announcing the availability of new services and supports for caregivers. Learn about our new programs and find caregiver resources in the DSHS press release.

New resources for people with dementia and their families
More than 107,000 people in Washington have Alzheimer’s disease or another other form of dementia. By 2040, that number is expected to grow to over 270,000. Recognizing the impacts of dementia and that caring for a loved one with it can leave you feeling overwhelmed, the Dementia Action Collaborative of Washington state is developing easy, straightforward resources for families. The latest resource, the Dementia Road Map: A Guide for Family and Care Partners, is now available online. Learn more in the DSHS press release.

What We Do

Home and Community Services

Home and Community Services provides and administers long-term care services to eligible individuals and collaborates with Area Agencies on Aging to share community service options. Adult Protective Services investigates reports of abuse, neglect, and exploitation of vulnerable adults.

Residential Care Services

Residential Care Services provides licensing, certification, and regulatory oversight to long-term care facilities including:

  • Nursing Homes
  • Assisted Living Facilities
  • Adult Family Homes
  • Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICFs/IID)
  • Supported Living; and
  • Enhanced Services Facilities

Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing provides service to individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind and speech-disabled facing communication barriers.  Services includes telecommunications, reasonable accommodations and client services.

Management Services Division

Management Services Division supports the operations of the Aging and Long-Term Support Administration providing rates management, administrative support services, information technology, fiscal and contract management, and personnel operations.