DSHS News Releases

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OLYMPIA, WA -- AARP has named Washington the most successful state in the country when it comes to supporting seniors, adults with disabilities and their family caregivers. The third edition of the State Long-Term Services and Supports Scorecard, released today by the AARP, Commonwealth Fund and Scan Foundation, highlights the rapid changes states face in terms of aging and changing populations, as well as promising practices that ...read the full news release

DSHS statement on patient escape at Eastern State Hospital

Jun 09 2017

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

The Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) and Eastern State Hospital (ESH) extend thanks to members of the Spokane Police Department and the Spokane County Sheriff for their assistance in locating a patient who escaped from Eastern State Hospital on Thursday evening.  Law enforcement was notified once the patient was discovered missing and they responded immediately.

“We are grateful for the partnership and support provided by local law enforcement and our local community,” ...read the full news release

2017 Pierce County SBIRT and Behavioral Health Prevention in Tacoma June 14

Jun 09 2017

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

OLYMPIA-Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment or SBIRT is a national best practice for early intervention in substance use and mental health and will be the focus of the first SBIRT conference in Pierce County on Wednesday, June 14 at The Tacoma Best Western Plus .

The conference, hosted by the Department of Social and Health Services’ (DSHS) Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery (DBHR), the Korean Women’s Association (KWA), Pierce County Human Services and ...read the full news release

OLYMPIAIndividuals with developmental disabilities play an important role where they live, work and play. In an effort to build an environment where everyone contributes to improving their communities, the Department of Social and Health Services’ Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) is hosting the annual ...read the full news release

CMS survey complete at Western State Hospital

May 25 2017

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

OLYMPIA--The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) completed its resurvey of Western State Hospital (WSH) today. The re-survey will determine if the hospital can retain its certification and remain eligible for nearly $65 million in yearly federal funding.

The re-certification survey is the part of the Systems Improvement Agreement (SIA) between the state Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), which oversees state-operated psychiatric hospitals, and CMS to ensure ...read the full news release