2018 DSHS News Releases

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OLYMPIA – According to the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) signed an agreement with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) May 9, 2018, to resolve issues that resulted in decertifications at two Residential Habilitation Centers late last year.

In December 2017, CMS decertified Program Area Team (PAT) E at Rainier School in Buckley ...read the full news release


CMS re-survey underway at Western State Hospital

May 14 2018

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

OLYMPIA- Surveyors with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) arrived today, Monday, May 14 at Western State Hospital (WSH) to determine whether the facility has been able to make necessary improvements in order to keep $65 million in federal funding.

This re-survey is a follow up from the last official visit of CMS in early May 2017 and is a result of a Systems Improvement Agreement (SIA) between the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) and CMS that began in ...read the full news release

The Giving Care, Taking Care conference for family caregivers will occur June 4, 2018 at the Tukwila Community Center.  Hosted by the Department of Social and Health Services, Full Life Care and Pierce County Human Services, this annual conference supports and connects unpaid family caregivers in all stages of caregiving.

The all-day conference includes informative, interactive sessions on a range of topics, including dementia and brain health, legal considerations, ...read the full news release


New DSHS partnership creates ease in making child support payments

May 07 2018

DSHS Office of Communications, Kelly Stowe, 360.902.7739

OLYMPIA- A new partnership between the Department of Social and Health Services and PayNearMe®  will make paying child support easier for parents in Washington and across the country.

This new relationship gives the option for people to make cash payments for child support at 7-Eleven®, Ace Cash Express or Casey’s General Store locations across the country.

With nearly 250 7-Eleven ...read the full news release

OLYMPIA-The Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) has scheduled a second public hearing in Pierce County on plans for a proposed substance use disorder treatment program Thursday, May 10, 2018.

Because the first hearing held in March garnered so much interest, DSHS determined that a second hearing would be beneficial to ensure that all interested parties had an opportunity to give public comment.

The proposed services from this new treatment program will improve ...read the full news release