2017 DSHS News Releases

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OLYMPIA - National experts, elected officials, members of law enforcement, educators and community leaders will convene in Tacoma to share strategies and explore solutions to reduce the disproportionate amount of youth of color who enter Washington state’s juvenile justice system.

What:   The Washington State Partnership Council on Juvenile Justice Conference

When:  October 29, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

              October 30, 8 ...read the full news release

OLYMPIA—With two major transitions in the past year and more on the way in 2019, the Department of Social and Health Services is becoming a more streamlined ...read the full news release

Washington's child support schedule needs parent input

Sep 12 2018

DSHS Office of Communications, Kelly Stowe, 360.902.7739

OLYMPIA- The Department of Social and Health Services’ Division of Child Support is looking for input from parents who pay or receive child support.

DSHS is recruiting parents to serve on a workgroup that will deliver a report and recommendations on the Washington State Child Support Schedule. The ...read the full news release

OLYMPIA –A tribute honoring former Department of Social and Health Services’ Secretary, Robin Arnold-Williams is scheduled from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at Office Building 2 (OB-2) on the Capital Campus downtown Olympia.

The event will begin with a program inside the DSHS headquarters’ building auditorium with a tree-planting ceremony immediately following on Capital Campus grounds outside of OB-2. Speakers include former Governor, Christine Gregoire current secretary of DSHS, Cheryl Strange as ...read the full news release

Western State Hospital CEO announced

Aug 26 2018

DSHS Office of Communications, Kelly Stowe, 360.902.7739

DSHS Secretary, Cheryl Strange, names Dave Holt as WSH CEO


OLYMPIA -- After almost a year, the search for a permanent Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Western State Hospital is over. Dave Holt, who has been interim in the position since July 6, is now the permanent CEO.

Holt, who is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) has worked as the hospital’s Chief Operating Officer since December 2015. Holt holds a master’s ...read the full news release