2018 DSHS News Releases

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Respite vouchers available for unpaid family caregivers

Mar 21 2018

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

The Department of Social and Health Services has announced the continuation of vouchers for unpaid family caregivers to receive respite through a federal grant from the Administration for Community Living. Respite services provide caregivers access to another trained professional so they can have some time away from caregiving. One of the goals of the grant is to increase respite service options tailored to the needs of survivors of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and their caregivers and to ...read the full news release


OLYMPIA—Staff turnover in child welfare agencies is typically up to six times the national average for turnover across all industries. While the rate has improved locally in recent months, Washington state’s rate still hovers around 22 percent. The Department of Social and Health Services’ Children’s Administration was selected as one of eight sites to partner with the national Quality Improvement Center for Workforce Development (QIC ...read the full news release

Dorothy Sawyer retiring, DSHS announces interim CEO for Eastern State Hospital

Mar 13 2018

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

OLYMPIA – The Department of Social and Health Services today announced that Mark Kettner will be the interim Chief Executive Officer for Eastern state Hospital (ESH) effective April 1, 2018.

Kettner will be stepping into the position after current CEO, Dorothy Sawyer, retires from state service at the end of this month to pursue other opportunities.

Sawyer who has been at the helm of Eastern August 2013 and oversaw the continued journey of the hospital towards excellence, which ...read the full news release

OLYMPIA-The Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) has scheduled a public hearing in Pierce County to receive comments on plans for a new substance use disorder treatment program Friday, March 30.

The proposed services from this new treatment program will improve access to essential health care for people in Pierce County who are dependent on opioids, such as heroin and OxyContin. 

The proposed program, Northwest Integrated Health, is requesting to operate at 3727 ...read the full news release

Rainier School residents take center stage at Fashion Show

Mar 06 2018

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


fashion show

WHAT:          Residents and staff at Rainier School in Buckley have been creating outfits, selecting songs and priming for the residential habilitation center’s third annual fashion ...read the full news release