2022 DSHS News Releases

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OLYMPIA — The United States District Court for the Western District of Washington this week dismissed a class action lawsuit filed against the WA Cares Fund, the first-of-its kind program that ensures all Washingtonians have access to long-term care when they need it ...read the full news release


DSHS announces new Economic Services Administration Assistant Secretary

Apr 15 2022

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

OLYMPIA - Secretary Jilma Meneses announced today she has appointed Tony Bowie to be Assistant Secretary for the Department of Social and Health Services' Economic Services Administration, effective May 1. Bowie has served since August 2021 as interim Chief Executive Officer at Eastern State Hospital in Medical Lake, Washington and was previously Chief Executive Officer at the agency's Child Study and Treatment Center in Steilacoom, Washington. Read more on the ...read the full news release


DSHS announces new Eastern State Hospital CEO

Apr 07 2022

DSHS Office of Communications, Chris Wright,

The Department of Social and Health Services has hired a new chief executive officer at Eastern State Hospital.

Eric Carpenter, who brings with him years of health care executive leadership in both behavioral and community health, will officially start with the department’s Behavioral Health Administration on June 1.

Most recently, he was the senior leadership executive of planning and operations for various health care systems and nonprofits across the United States.

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DSHS Community Services Offices return to full in-person services

Mar 17 2022

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

OLYMPIA – After hearing feedback from customers, community advocates and staff about the challenges Washingtonians faced throughout the COVID-19 pandemic in accessing vital public services like food, cash and medical assistance, the Department of Social and Health Services reopened its Community Services Offices to full in-person services on Monday, Feb. 28. Read ...read the full news release

OLYMPIA – As part of a series of actions announced by Gov. Jay Inslee last month to ease the strain on hospitals and staff during the omicron surge, the Department of Social and Health Services is increasing the resources needed to transition non-COVID patients who no longer need acute care into long-term care facilities.

DSHS has contracted with 10 nursing homes ...read the full news release