2018 DSHS News Releases

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DSHS makes changes to Behavioral Health Administration

Nov 15 2018

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


Secretary realigns administration to move forward on Governor’s vision for mental health

OLYMPIA – Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) Secretary Cheryl Strange today announced changes to the department’s Behavioral Health Administration (BHA) that better align the agency with Governor Jay ...read the full news release

Fircrest Intermediate Care Facility achieves recertification

Oct 26 2018

DSHS Office of Communications, Lisa Copeland, 360-902-7844

OLYMPIA – Following an agreement signed in May, the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) has received notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that Fircrest School will retain its certification and associated federal funding.

Fircrest School in Shoreline is one of four ...read the full news release

OLYMPIA - National experts, elected officials, members of law enforcement, educators and community leaders will convene in Tacoma to share strategies and explore solutions to reduce the disproportionate amount of youth of color who enter Washington state’s juvenile justice system.

What:   The Washington State Partnership Council on Juvenile Justice Conference

When:  October 29, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

              October 30, 8 ...read the full news release

OLYMPIA—With two major transitions in the past year and more on the way in 2019, the Department of Social and Health Services is becoming a more streamlined ...read the full news release

Washington's child support schedule needs parent input

Sep 13 2018

DSHS Office of Communications, Kelly Stowe, 360.902.7739

OLYMPIA- The Department of Social and Health Services’ Division of Child Support is looking for input from parents who pay or receive child support.

DSHS is recruiting parents to serve on a workgroup that will deliver a report and recommendations on the Washington State Child Support Schedule. The ...read the full news release