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DSHS seeks recertification at a residential habilitation center in Buckley

May 23 2018

DSHS Office of Communications, Kelly Stowe, 360.902.7739

OLYMPIA – The Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) announced today that it will appeal the decertification of a portion of Rainier School in Buckley, a residential habilitation center for adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

Last spring, surveyors from the federal ...read the full news release


DSHS celebrates 10 years of We Are Family Day with the Seattle Mariners on May 20

May 16 2018

DSHS Office of Communications, Norah West, (360) 902-7833

OLYMPIA— Each May, Washington state joins the nation in acknowledging the many people who make foster care possible – foster parents, relative caregivers and the child welfare workers who support them and the children and youth in their care. Along with commemorating National Foster Care Month and Kinship Caregiver Day, the Department of Social and Health Services’ Children’s Administration hosts ...read the full news release

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