2018 DSHS News Releases

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Western State Hospital receives federal survey results

Jun 25 2018

DSHS Office of Communications, Kelly Stowe, 360.902.7739

While hospital made several significant improvements, it was not enough to maintain certification

 

OLYMPIA- The Centers for Medicare Medicaid Services (CMS) today notified the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) that although significant improvements at Western State Hospital have been made, it was not enough to pass a recent survey to retain certification for federal funding.

Last month, 22 surveyors representing CMS arrived at ...read the full news release


On July 1, change is coming to child welfare, behavioral health in Washington state

Jun 13 2018

DSHS Office of Communications, Norah West, (360) 902-7833

DSHS’ Children’s Administration, Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery to join other state agencies 

OLYMPIA—On July 1, 2018, the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) will look a lot different. 

The agency’s Children’s Administration is joining forces with the Department of Early Learning to form the Department of Children, Youth ...read the full news release


DSHS announces leadership updates for Western State Hospital

Jun 12 2018

DSHS Office of Communications, Norah West, (360) 902-7833

OLYMPIA- The Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) has named David L. Holt as interim Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Western State Hospital. He begins his official capacity in this role July 7, 2018.

Holt is replacing Dr. Marylouise Jones, who announced last week she was departing Western to pursue an opportunity in the private sector. Jones stepped in after former hospital CEO Cheryl Strange was appointed to serve as Secretary for DSHS in September 2017 by Governor Jay ...read the full news release


DSHS announces leadership updates for Western State Hospital

Jun 12 2018

DSHS Office of Communications, Norah West, (360) 902-7833

OLYMPIA- The Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) has named David L. Holt as interim Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Western State Hospital. He begins his official capacity in this role July 7, 2018.

 

Holt is replacing Dr. Marylouise Jones, who announced last week she was departing Western to pursue an opportunity in the private sector. Jones stepped in after former hospital CEO Cheryl Strange was appointed to serve as Secretary for DSHS in September 2017 by ...read the full news release


Interim CEO at Western State Hospital leaving for private sector

Jun 08 2018

DSHS Office of Communications, Kelly Stowe, 360.902.7739

OLYMPIA- The Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) announced that interim Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Western State Hospital, Dr. Marylouise Jones, is leaving her post at the 857-bed facility to take the lead on inpatient care for a private mental health provider.

Jones stepped in after former hospital CEO, Cheryl Strange, was appointed by Governor Jay Inslee to serve as Secretary for DSHS in September 2017.

“We will miss Dr. Jones and her leadership at Western ...read the full news release