2019 DSHS News Releases

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Adult Protective Services adopts new statewide phone number

Nov 07 2019

DSHS Office of Communications, Chris Wright, (360) 902-8338

OLYMPIA – The Department of Social and Health Services’ Adult Protective Services has a new centralized intake phone number to receive all reports of suspected abuse, neglect, self-neglect, abandonment and financial exploitation of vulnerable adults. The new phone number is 877-734-6277 and will direct all callers to staff located in Lacey. ...read the full news release


DSHS falls short on Lakeland Village survey in Medical Lake

Sep 16 2019

DSHS Office of Communications, Lisa Copeland, 3609027844

OLYMPIA – The Department of Social and Health Services received notification on Sept. 13 that Lakeland Village, a residential habilitation center for adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities, is being placed in a “denial of payment” status and will not be able to access federal funds for new residents.

The notification comes as the result of a survey last month when inspectors from ...read the full news release


Western State Hospital receives Achievement Level Baldrige Award

Sep 13 2019

DSHS Office of Communications, Kelly Von Holtz, 360-902-7739

OLYMPIA—Leadership from the Department of Social and Health Services’ Behavioral Health Administration and Western State Hospital will accept the Achievement Level Award for the regional Baldrige Program during the Performance Excellence Northwest’s annual Learning Symposium, Tuesday, Sept. 17.

“This award signifies that ...read the full news release


DSHS offers mental health training and support to Washington jails

Aug 29 2019

DSHS Office of Communications, Kelly Von Holtz, 360-902-7739

OLYMPIA – The Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) Behavioral Health Administration’s Office of Forensic Mental Health Services has launched a new jail technical assistance program that provides information and training support to Washington jails when they have someone with mental illness in custody.  

Specific areas of these supports include pre and post-booking diversion options ...read the full news release

OLYMPIA—Today, Aug. 28, the Department of Social and Health Services accepted its first patient at the Fort Steilacoom Competency Restoration Program located in the west wing of Building 27 at Western State Hospital.

This new residential treatment facility provides court-ordered, competency restoration treatment services using evidence-based ...read the full news release