2022 DSHS News Releases

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OLYMPIA – Effective Sept. 1, 2022, the ongoing maximum monthly payment standards for the Aged, Blind or Disabled program for low-income Washingtonians increased from $197 to $417 for a single individual and from $248 to $528 for a married couple. The change is the result of a legislative request initiated by the Department of Social and Health Services to better support ...read the full news release

WA Cares hosts webinar on long-term care planning for near-retirees Aug. 31

Aug 29 2022

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

OLYMPIA -- From 2-3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31, the WA Cares Fund will host a panel discussion via Zoom on long-term care planning for near-retirees. The conversation will cover what you think you can do today to make sure you're prepared for future care needs and how near-retirees will benefit from recent changes to WA Cares.

Read more on the DSHS Medium site:  ...read the full news release

DSHS annual art contest celebrates Child Support Awareness Month in August

Aug 02 2022

DSHS Office of Communications, Norah West, 3604895587

OLYMPIA -- Acknowledging the significant role child support plays in building a foundation for children to grow, prosper and thrive, Gov. Jay Inslee has officially proclaimed August as Child Support Awareness Month. Child support provides the necessary means that many Washington state families rely on in order to help children realize ...read the full news release

Pandemic food assistance on its way for Washington children

Jul 15 2022

DSHS Office of Communications, Norah West, 3604895587

OLYMPIA — Thanks to federal COVID-19 relief funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, many families in Washington state will soon have another round of food assistance available to them to help buy groceries while children are home during the summer. 

Called Pandemic EBT, or P-EBT, these food benefits are available to families with young children who are eligible for Basic Food benefits as well as school-aged children who are eligible for free or reduced-price school meal ...read the full news release

OLYMPIA — Did you know LGBTQ+ older adults make up 2.7 million of our country’s aging population, a number that’s expected to double by 2030? Older LGBTQ+ people are less likely than their non-LGBTQ+ peers to have children and more likely to take on informal, unpaid caregiving roles. Unpaid caregiving accounts for 85% of all elder care in the United States, and ...read the full news release