DSHS News Releases

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OLYMPIA- The Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) has scheduled a public hearing in Skagit County to receive comments on plans for a new substance use disorder treatment program Wednesday, Aug. 30.

The proposed services from this new treatment program will improve access to essential health care for people in Skagit County who are dependent on opioids, such as heroin and OxyContin. 

The proposed program, didgʷálič Wellness Center, is requesting to operate at 8212 ...read the full news release

New resources for people with dementia and their families

Aug 01 2017

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

More than 107,000 people in Washington have Alzheimer’s disease or another other form of dementia. By 2040, that number is expected to grow to over 270,000. When you or a loved one develops memory loss or other cognitive impairments, it can be a difficult time for the entire family. Recognizing the impacts of dementia and that caring for a loved one with it can leave you feeling overwhelmed, the Dementia Action Collaborative of Washington state is developing easy, straightforward resources ...read the full news release

Western State Hospital invites community to learn more about mental illness

Jul 31 2017

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

LAKEWOOD –Western State Hospital is hosting an education event Saturday, Aug. 12 for anyone interested in discussing mental illness and behavioral health services. 

Open to the public, this event provides friends and family members of hospital patients as well as community members a better understanding of mental illness and how a supportive family/community can help someone with a mental illness recover.

“Beyond hospital treatment and therapy, the support and understanding of ...read the full news release

August is Child Support Awareness Month

Jul 26 2017

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

OLYMPIA- Child Support Awareness Month is a time when we celebrate parents who are working hard to make sure that the needs of children are met.

Children thrive when family members work together to provide for their emotional and physical needs. This is especially important when a family structure changes, because regardless of the family dynamic, the child’s needs remain constant.

Each year, the Department of Social and Health Services’ (DSHS) Division of Child Support serves ...read the full news release

DSHS is thankful no injuries or fatalities were sustained as a result of this morning’s fire at the Fircrest Residential Habilitation Center in Shoreline. The agency is also grateful to the first responders that rapidly descended on scene to help battle the blaze and ensure all 200 residents and 600 staff remained safe.

“We are amazed by the efforts we saw today from seven different fire department districts and owe them our deepest gratitude,” said Bill Moss, Acting DSHS Secretary. “ ...read the full news release