2021 DSHS News Releases

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DSHS names interim Western State Hospital CEO

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 - 11:00

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 more

CEO at Western State Hospital is retiring

Tuesday, April 13, 2021 - 08:30

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 more

DSHS 24/7 facilities to allow indoor visitation

Monday, April 12, 2021 - 09:45

DSHS Office of Communications, ,

OLYMPIA — In alignment with a proclamation issued by Gov. Jay Inslee, the Department of Social and Health Services’ Behavioral Health Administration will immediately allow expanded indoor visitation at Eastern and Western State Hospitals, the Child Study and Treatment Center and the Special Commitment Center on McNeil Island. Visitation will also be allowed at the Fort Steilacoom, Maple Lane and Yakima ...read more

Kennewick DSHS office move to new location in April

Wednesday, March 17, 2021 - 15:00

DSHS Office of Communications, Norah West, (360) 902-7833

Kennewick, WA -- The Department of Social and Health Services’ Kennewick offices are relocating on April 5, 2021 from N Edison Street to 6909 Crosswind Blvd., Kennewick, WA 99336–7848. The old office will close permanently on April 2. The vast majority of DSHS services moved online and via telephone in March 2020 due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. Currently in-person essential ...read more

Additional pandemic food assistance on its way for Washington kids

Monday, March 1, 2021 - 15:45

DSHS Office of Communications, Norah West, (360) 902-7833

Second round of P-EBT to start late-March for first part of 2020–21 school year

OLYMPIA — Many families in Washington state will soon have another round of food benefits available to them to help buy groceries. Called Pandemic EBT, or P-EBT, these food benefits are available to families with children who have been home from school due to COVID- ...read more