2018 DSHS News Releases

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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

OLYMPIA –A tribute honoring former Department of Social and Health Services’ Secretary, Robin Arnold-Williams is scheduled from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at Office Building 2 (OB-2) on the Capital Campus downtown Olympia.

The event will begin with a program inside the DSHS headquarters’ building auditorium with a tree-planting ceremony immediately following on Capital Campus grounds outside of OB-2. Speakers include former Governor, Christine Gregoire current secretary of DSHS, Cheryl Strange as ...read the full news release

Western State Hospital CEO announced

Aug 27 2018

DSHS Office of Communications, Kelly Stowe, 360.902.7739

DSHS Secretary, Cheryl Strange, names Dave Holt as WSH CEO


OLYMPIA -- After almost a year, the search for a permanent Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Western State Hospital is over. Dave Holt, who has been interim in the position since July 6, is now the permanent CEO.

Holt, who is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) has worked as the hospital’s Chief Operating Officer since December 2015. Holt holds a master’s ...read the full news release

The Slick Watts Basketball Classic, an outdoor 3-on-3 basketball tournament, comes to Auburn on August 18 and 19 at the The Outlet Collection - Seattle. Over 100 teams signed up to participate.


                What:   Slick Watts Basketball Classic

                Where: The Outlet Collection

                               North parking lot

                               1101 Outlet ...read the full news release

Division of Child Support shares child support 101

Aug 14 2018

DSHS Office of Communications, Kelly Stowe, 360.902.7739

OLYMPIA- In honor of August being Child Support Awareness month, the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) will be hosting a Child Support 101 session in Thurston County for parents and family members who want to learn more about the topic.

The session will be from 4 to 6 p.m., Monday, August 20 at the Tumwater Timberland Library, 7023 New Market Street. Topics covered will include: how to open a case, changing a support ...read the full news release