2019 DSHS News Releases

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Adult abuse reaches unprecedented levels in Washington state

Jun 06 2019

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

OLYMPIA - Governor Jay Inslee has proclaimed June 2019 Adult Abuse Awareness Month. In 2018, Adult Protective Services (APS), a division of the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), received more than 60,000 reports of vulnerable adult abandonment, abuse, neglect, financial exploitation and self-neglect. It’s a sharp increase from the 48,000 reports received in 2017 and more than triple the 19,000 reports in 2012. This awareness month is designed to promote education, ...read the full news release


DSHS public-private effort helps parents pay child support

Jun 05 2019

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

KENNEWICK – There are still openings in a program providing free job training and support services for parents in Benton, Franklin and Walla Walla counties. Over the next two years the Families Forward Washington program, sponsored by the Department of Social and Health Services’ (DSHS) Division of Child Support, is expected to serve up to 100 parents who owe child support.

Parents ...read the full news release


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