2019 DSHS News Releases

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Spirit of Youth Award nominations sought

May 13 2019

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

The Washington State Partnership Council on Juvenile Justice (WA-PCJJ) is seeking nominations for the fourth annual Spirit of Youth Award.  The award  recognizes and celebrates a young adult who has made great strides following involvement with the juvenile justice system; has overcome personal obstacles; and is today making significant contributions to society.  A $1,000 scholarship, sponsored by The Community Foundation of South Puget Sound, to attend a Washington State college, university ...read the full news release


New CEOs at Special Commitment Center, Child Study and Treatment Center

May 07 2019

DSHS Office of Communications, Chris Wright, (360) 628-1043

OLYMPIA – The Department of Social and Health Services today announced new leadership within its Behavioral Health Administration at both the Special Commitment Center (SCC) on McNeil Island and the Child Study Treatment Center (CSTC) in Lakewood.

David Flynn will serve as Chief ...read the full news release


Mobile CSO visits Olympia Wednesday, May 8

May 06 2019

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

OLYMPIA – The Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) provides services to 2.4 million clients in our state at any given time and when people cannot get to a DSHS office – the office comes to them via a 40-foot truck known as the “Mobile CSO.”

That is exactly what will happen from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, May 8 when the agency’s Economic Services Administration’s mobile community services office makes a stop in ...read the full news release

OLYMPIA – The Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) announced today that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have reinstated certification for a portion of Rainier School in Buckley, a residential habilitation center for ...read the full news release

OLYMPIA – The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) notified the state this week that it is decertifying one of three facilities at Rainier School residential habilitation center in Buckley, and state officials said they plan to continue transitioning residents to better-suited facilities.

The Department of Social and ...read the full news release