2018 DSHS News Releases

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Western State Hospital Invites Community to Learn about Trauma-Informed Care

Feb 13 2018

DSHS Office of Communications, Kelly Stowe, 360.902.7739

LAKEWOOD, WA. –Anyone interested in learning more about the treatment and care provided to patients with mental illness should attend a public workshop occurring from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, March 3 at Western State Hospital.

This quarterly Community Conversations public workshop hosted by the Department of Social and Health Services’ Behavioral Health Administration, provides friends and family members of hospital patients, community members, and care providers a better ...read the full news release

OLYMPIA- The Department of Social and Health Services’ (DSHS) Eastern State Hospital has started 2018 with being re-accredited by The Joint Commission and naming a new Chief Medical Officer for the hospital.

Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards. Eastern ...read the full news release

OLYMPIA-- According to recent statistics, prescription pain medications are now the leading cause of accidental death in Washington state – more than guns or car crashes. In 2015, an average of two Washingtonians died each day from opioid overdose, and heroin deaths more than doubled between the years 2010 and 2015.

Now, using a portion of an $11 million federal grant, the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) is continuing its work to combat the state’s opioid epidemic by ...read the full news release