2018 DSHS News Releases

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OLYMPIA – After a full day reviewing the 100+ page document from the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recapping where Western State Hospital missed the mark to retain its federal funding, the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) released the termination letter and the entire report to the public.

“We’ve had the initial opportunity to look at the information in the report and now will turn our focus to analyzing the details and what actions we need to take,” ...read the full news release


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