2019 DSHS News Releases

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OLYMPIA—The Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) announced that due to the partial federal government shutdown, most clients will receive their basic food benefits for February by Jan. 20.

The USDA Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) is directing state agencies to issue Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), known as Basic Food in Washington, February benefits by Jan. 20, 2019 to minimize the potential ...read the full news release


Special Commitment Center resident dies after suffering head injury

Jan 04 2019

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

Jerry Spicer, 63, passed away Thursday, Jan. 3, a day after he suffered a head injury during an incident at the Special Commitment Center (SCC) on McNeil Island. Spicer fell and hit his head after an altercation with another resident Wednesday evening in the cafeteria. He was transported to Madigan Army Medical Center at Joint Base Lewis-McCord and later succumbed to his injuries there. Spicer was detained at the SCC in 2005 and committed in 2009 after a Grant County court determined he met ...read the full news release