2020 DSHS News Releases

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Long-term care facilities to begin opening dedicated COVID-19 units

May 04 2020

DSHS Office of Communications, Chris Wright, (360) 628-1043


OLYMPIA – Three nursing homes in the Puget Sound region will open COVID-19 units in the coming weeks to house residents recovering from the coronavirus and to prevent its spread to other long-term care facility residents. A total of 135 beds will be available at Avamere Transitional Care of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Richmond Beach Rehab in Shoreline and Avamere Bellingham Health Care and Rehab in Bellingham. All three nursing homes are owned by Oregon-based ...read the full news release

DSHS to provide disaster cash assistance for some Washingtonians beginning April 17

Apr 17 2020

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

OLYMPIA – Beginning Friday, April 17, some Washington residents can apply through the Department of Social and Health Services for emergency cash assistance to help meet their immediate needs. As a result of Governor Inslee’s emergency declaration in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government has approved implementing the Disaster Cash Assistance Program, or DCAP, in Washington state.

The Governor’s declaration of a statewide emergency and subsequent ...read the full news release

OLYMPIA – The Department of Social and Health Services is offering new resources during the COVID-19 response for people with loved ones within  a DSHS owned, operated, or community facility. These resources help people get information or guidance about their family member.

“The COVID-19 outbreak in Washington has disproportionately affected older adults and residents of long-term care facilities,” said Bill Moss, assistant secretary of the Aging and Long-Term Support Administration ...read the full news release

DSHS receives supplemental funding to boost benefits for Basic Food recipients

Apr 02 2020

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

OLYMPIA – As of the week of March 30, some Washington residents who receive Basic Food benefits will have additional funds available for March and April 2020. Congress approved extra benefits up to the maximum allowed for each household. In Washington state, this means DSHS is giving additional benefits to approximately 277,000 households. 

“Having the ability to purchase more healthy food is ...read the full news release


OLYMPIA – The Department of Social and Health Services has purchased a facility previously known as Paramount Rehabilitation and Nursing for $13.5 million. The nursing home, located in Seattle’s Central District, was closed in February. It will house as many as 165 patients from local hospitals who test negative for COVID-19 and can receive the level of care they need in a long-term care setting. DSHS transitioned nearly 400 patients out of hospitals across Washington and into ...read the full news release