DSHS News Releases

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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

OLYMPIAIndividuals with developmental disabilities play an important role where they live, work and play. In an effort to build an environment where everyone contributes to improving their communities, the Department of Social and Health Services’ Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) is hosting the annual Community Summit June 13-15, 2017.

Nearly 1,000 people are registered to attend – about 200 more than attended the first summit in 2013. The theme this ...read the full news release


CMS survey complete at Western State Hospital

May 25 2017

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

OLYMPIA--The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) completed its resurvey of Western State Hospital (WSH) today. The re-survey will determine if the hospital can retain its certification and remain eligible for nearly $65 million in yearly federal funding.

The re-certification survey is the part of the Systems Improvement Agreement (SIA) between the state Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), which oversees state-operated psychiatric hospitals, and CMS to ensure ...read the full news release


Healthy Youth Survey results show a rise in Washington teens who consider suicide

May 15 2017

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

OLYMPIA—Results from latest Healthy Youth Survey - HYS, taken in the fall of 2016 by tweens and teens in Washington, shows that one in five high school students seriously considered suicide in the past 12 months.

During the past decade, there has been a 6 percentage point rise in 8th and 10th graders in our state who have contemplated suicide and an 8 percentage point increase in 12th graders.

“This is an alarming trend,” said Gov. Jay Inslee. “ ...read the full news release


CMS survey underway at Western State Hospital

May 08 2017

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

OLYMPIA- The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) began its re-survey at Western State Hospital (WSH) today to determine if the hospital can retain its certification and remain eligible for nearly $65 million in yearly federal funding.

The re-certification survey is the result of a Systems Improvement Agreement between the state Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), which oversees state-operated psychiatric hospitals, and CMS to ensure WSH meets Conditions of ...read the full news release