DSHS News Releases

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July is Adult Abuse Prevention Month

Jul 11 2017

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

July is Adult Abuse Prevention Month

OLYMPIA, WA - The Department of Social and Health Services - DSHS) continues to see a sharp increase in the number of cases of adult abuse reported statewide. Adult Abuse Prevention Month is intended to raise awareness and remind everyone to remain vigilant when it comes to the health and welfare of some of ...read the full news release

LAKEWOOD, WA --The Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) announced that Western State Hospital has been provided an extension to the Systems Improvement Agreement (SIA) from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

CMS extended the current agreement for 60 days during which CMS will work with the Department to identify next steps for the hospital. The progress to date earned ...read the full news release

OLYMPIA, WA -- AARP has named Washington the most successful state in the country when it comes to supporting seniors, adults with disabilities and their family caregivers. The third edition of the State Long-Term Services and Supports Scorecard, released today by the AARP, Commonwealth Fund and Scan Foundation, highlights the rapid changes states face in terms of aging and changing populations, as well as promising practices that allow programs to continue to provide excellent care and ...read the full news release


DSHS statement on patient escape at Eastern State Hospital

Jun 09 2017

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

The Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) and Eastern State Hospital (ESH) extend thanks to members of the Spokane Police Department and the Spokane County Sheriff for their assistance in locating a patient who escaped from Eastern State Hospital on Thursday evening.  Law enforcement was notified once the patient was discovered missing and they responded immediately.

“We are grateful for the partnership and support provided by local law enforcement and our local community,” ...read the full news release


2017 Pierce County SBIRT and Behavioral Health Prevention in Tacoma June 14

Jun 09 2017

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

OLYMPIA-Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment or SBIRT is a national best practice for early intervention in substance use and mental health and will be the focus of the first SBIRT conference in Pierce County on Wednesday, June 14 at The Tacoma Best Western Plus .

The conference, hosted by the Department of Social and Health Services’ - DSHS  Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery - DBHR, the Korean Women’s Association - KWA, Pierce County Human Services and ...read the full news release