DSHS News Releases

Welcome to DSHS' news releases for 2017. You may sort by keyword, release number and date.

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Patient information sent to wrong email address

Nov 16 2017

DSHS Office of Communications, Kelly Stowe, 360-902-7739

OLYMPIA—The Department of Social and Health Services’ (DSHS) Behavioral Health Administration (BHA) confirmed today that a spreadsheet containing private information of 515 patients at Western State Hospital was sent to an incorrect email address.

“We are entrusted with confidential patient information,” explained Carla Reyes, Assistant Secretary for BHA. “One instance of disclosing personal information is one too many. We do not take this mistake lightly and have responded by ...read the full news release

DSHS launches new Military Skills Translator job-search tool

Nov 09 2017

DSHS Office of Communications, Mindy Chambers, (360) 902-0265

Veterans or those leaving military service have a new tool to use when searching for employment with Washington state.

The Military Skills Translator is an easy-to-navigate search engine. Users enter their branch of service and military operations code to look for employment opportunities at all Washington state agencies that match their skills and expertise. The translator was developed ...read the full news release

CMS enters into second SIA with Western State Hospital

Nov 03 2017

DSHS Office of Communications, Kelly Stowe, (360) 902-7739

OLYMPIA—The Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) announced today that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has entered into a second Systems Improvement Agreement (SIA) with Western State Hospital.  The SIA covers a period from November 2, 2017 to July 2, 2018, during which the hospital will retain CMS certification and continued eligibility for federal funding.

CMS and DSHS entered into the original agreement in June 2016 to fix systemic operating problems ...read the full news release

Recognizing the importance of caregivers, DSHS launches new services

Nov 02 2017

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

OLYMPIA - As Washington celebrates National Family Caregiver month, recognizing the incredible work of more than 830,000 Washingtonians who provide care to their loved ones, the Department of Social and Health Services is announcing the availability of new services and supports for caregivers.

“We are so proud to provide these new options to the people of ...read the full news release

32nd Annual Washington Prevention Summit takes place Nov. 3-4 in Yakima

Oct 31 2017

DSHS Office of Communications, Kelly Stowe, 360-902-7739

OLYMPIA -- The Washington State Prevention Summit returns to Yakima Friday, Nov. 3 through Saturday Nov. 4 at the Yakima Convention Center. This is the 32nd year for this summit.

The Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) sponsors this event in each year to bring together youth, educators, law enforcement, volunteers and providers in an effort to provide training and networking opportunities to prevent substance abuse, violence and other destructive behaviors. ...read the full news release