2017 DSHS News Releases

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New DSHS partnership creates ease in making child support payments

May 06 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 stores in Washington alone, ...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

New partnership formed to study juvenile recidivism

Mar 28 2018

DSHS Office of Communications, Chris Wright,

OLYMPIA - The Department of Social and Health Services’ Rehabilitation Administration (RA) has teamed up with The Washington State Center for Court Research (WSCCR) to study the state’s recidivism rate for juvenile offenders. The partnership has produced the first comprehensive look at the rate at which juveniles in ...read the full news release

Respite vouchers available for unpaid family caregivers

Mar 20 2018

DSHS Office of Communications, ,

The Department of Social and Health Services has announced the continuation of vouchers for unpaid family caregivers to receive respite through a federal grant from the Administration for Community Living. Respite services provide caregivers access to another trained professional so they can have some time away from caregiving. One of the goals of the grant is to increase respite service options tailored to the needs of survivors of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and their caregivers and to ...read the full news release


OLYMPIA—Staff turnover in child welfare agencies is typically up to six times the national average for turnover across all industries. While the rate has improved locally in recent months, Washington state’s rate still hovers around 22 percent. The Department of Social and Health Services’ Children’s Administration was selected as one of eight sites to partner with the national Quality Improvement Center for Workforce ...read the full news release