2021 DSHS News Releases

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The Department of Social and Health Services is reaching a major milestone this week toward Governor Inslee’s vision for a multi-biennia, statewide transformation of Washington’s behavioral health system. The plan focuses on developing a 21st century system of care by, in part, creating Forensic ...read the full news release

Millions of Washingtonians have been adversely impacted and have endured economic hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic, including 250,000 people who have been unable to access unemployment insurance compensation and federal stimulus packages due to their immigration status. Starting Wednesday, April 21, applications will be open for additional rounds of the Washington COVID-19 ...read the full news release

Disaster cash assistance available again for some Washingtonians beginning April 19

Apr 19 2021

DSHS Office of Communications, Norah West, (360) 489-5587

OLYMPIA — Beginning April 19, Washington residents can once again apply through the Department of Social and Health Services for emergency cash assistance to help meet their immediate needs. DSHS received additional funding and a new order from Governor Inslee to reinstate this temporary program to help Washingtonians through this unprecedented time of hardship. Read more about DCAP on the ...read the full news release

DSHS names interim Western State Hospital CEO

Apr 14 2021

DSHS Office of Communications, Adolfo Capestany,

Adolfo Capestany
DSHS Office of Communications

OLYMPIA- The Department of Social and Health Services announced today that Charles Southerland will step in to lead Western State Hospital as the interim Chief Executive Officer while a search is underway for a permanent replacement of the retiring CEO, David Holt. He begins his new role on April 23. Read ...read the full news release

CEO at Western State Hospital is retiring

Apr 13 2021

DSHS Office of Communications, Adolfo Capestany,

OLYMPIA- The Department of Social and Health Services announced that David Holt, Chief Executive Officer of Western State Hospital, is retiring from state service after five years at the 857-bed facility, including the last three as CEO.

“We will miss David and his leadership at Western State Hospital,” said DSHS Secretary Cheryl Strange. “He has helped lead the mission to transform the hospital, his dedication and compassion are unprecedented and we wish him all the best in this well ...read the full news release