2022 DSHS News Releases

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DSHS to close portion of Rainier School in Buckley

Dec 05 2022

DSHS Office of Communications, Lisa Pemberton, 360-902-7844

OLYMPIA -- The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services announced this week that it will close a portion of Rainier School by July 31, 2023. The decision impacts Program Area Team C, or PAT C, which provides specialized care and independent living skills training for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The closure is part of a settlement agreement reached between the Health Care Authority, which manages the state’s Medicaid program, and DSHS, which ...read the full news release

This November, Honor Washington's Family Caregivers

Nov 22 2022

DSHS Office of Communications, Jessica Nelson, 360-628-1043


OLYMPIA - Washington state honors more than 860,000 unpaid family and kinship caregivers every November. Caregivers are the backbone of our long-term services and supports. Every year, they provide countless hours of essential help to loved ones, friends and neighbors with chronic illnesses, disabilities and other special needs.  

In a ...read the full news release


OLYMPIA - On Thursday, November 17, from 1–2 p.m., the WA Cares Fund will host a panel discussion via Zoom on Caregiver Mental Health.  

Providing care for a loved one can be a rewarding experience, but it can also be stressful, time-consuming, expensive, and emotional—especially for caregivers who don’t have a lot of family or financial support. Ensuring caregivers have access to ongoing ...read the full news release

OLYMPIA -- From 1–2 p.m. this Thursday, Oct. 27, the WA Cares Fund will host a panel discussion via Zoom on long-term care planning for younger workers. The conversation will cover what early and mid-career Washingtonians can do today to make sure they’re prepared for future care needs. Learn more at the ...read the full news release

WA Cares Fund projected to be solvent over long term based on new analysis

Oct 24 2022

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

OLYMPIA — WA Cares Fund, Washington state’s long-term care program for workers, is projected to be fully funded through June 30, 2098, according to a new study published today by the Office of the State Actuary. This means WA Cares is on solid financial ground as it prepares to launch next July and is good news for the many Washingtonians who will need long-term care in their lifetime. You can ...read the full news release