DSHS News Releases

Welcome to DSHS' news releases for 2016. You may sort by keyword, release number and date.

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Queral picked to lead DSHS's Rehabilitation Administration

Dec 23 2016

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

Marybeth Queral has been selected to serve as the Rehabilitation Administration’s (RA) next Assistant Secretary effective January 1. She will replace outgoing Assistant Secretary John Clayton, who is retiring January 31.

Queral has been with DSHS for more than two decades. After beginning her career as a social worker in Alaska, she took a job as an on-call security officer at Naselle Youth Camp in 1994. She was quickly promoted to Security Manager, then Program Manager, Associate ...read more

Western State Hospital takes precautions to ensure safe water for patients, families and staff

Dec 23 2016

DSHS Office of Communications, Adolfo Capestany, (360) 902-8007, desk; (360) 878-1240, mobile

Based on the advice of infectious disease specialists, Western State Hospital is taking the following immediate short-term precautions one of its patients was diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease on December 13, 2016.

  • Use bottled water in Building 29, where preliminary water testing detected the presence of the Legionella bacteria.
  • Restrict showers and provide other options to maintain personal hygiene.
  • Engage an industrial hygienist familiar with legionella to ...read more

Washington was one of three states awarded a federal grant that will help DSHS’s Rehabilitation Administration - RA address racial and ethnic disparities in the juvenile justice system. Individual counties, departments and agencies have worked to address this issue, but until now, there has not been a collaborative effort across systems to plan for universal ...read more

Patients and staff safe after small fire

Dec 02 2016

DSHS Office of Communications, Kathy Spears, (360) 485-8233

LAKEWOOD— A fire started by a patient at Western State Hospital around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30 caused the evacuation of three civil wards for several hours.

The fire was contained to the patient’s room in which it was started thanks to the quick action of Western State Hospital staff and the Lakewood Fire Department.

The patient who started the fire was arrested by Lakewood police, charged with second-degree arson and was taken to jail.

All patients who were ...read more

OLYMPIAThe Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) is looking to help more than 3,000 individuals who receive services through its Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) through the Individual and Family Services (IFS) waiver.

The IFS waiver partners with individuals and families to support DDA-eligible clients living in the family home. It provides a choice of supports for those individuals ...read more