DSHS News Releases

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

To read archived news releases, please choose the appropriate year below:

 

LAKEWOOD- Western State Hospital is hosting an education event Saturday, Nov. 4 for anyone interested in learning more about mental illness and behavioral health services. 

Open to the public, this event provides friends and family members of hospital patients as well as community members, a better understanding of mental illness and how a supportive family and community can help someone with a mental illness recover.

“Family and friends play a vital role in a patient’s journey ...read the full news release

OLYMPIA-The Department of Social and Health Service notified A Fresh Beginning treatment facility in Tacoma, Washington that it has begun the revocation process on the facility’s certification.

The revocation action comes after the Department of Health found that Clarence F. Farmer, administrator and owner of A Fresh Beginning (which was formerly called A Change Counseling), had committed unprofessional ...read the full news release

LAKEWOOD, WA --The Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) announced that Western State Hospital has been provided an additional extension to the Systems Improvement Agreement (SIA) from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

This extension runs through November 2, 2017. CMS previously granted a 60-day extension in July followed by a 30-day extension in September.

 CMS ...read the full news release


Washington state selected for national leadership program to build health equity

Sep 26 2017

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

OLYMPIA - With an ability to design research to meet urgent community needs—and to directly apply that research to create change—researchers and community leaders are powerful partners for impacting community health needs.

As members of one of only 15 three-person teams selected, Ann Muno (The Justice for Girls Coalition of Washington State), Dr. Sarah Veele (DSHS- Rehabilitation Administration), and Dr. Arina Gertseva (Washington State Center for Court Research) join ...read the full news release

LAKEWOOD, WA --The Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) announced that Western State Hospital has been provided an additional 30-day extension to the Systems Improvement Agreement (SIA) from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

In July, a 60-day extension was given which would have ended Sept. 3. CMS and DSHS entered into the original agreement in June 2016 to fix ...read the full news release