DSHS News Releases

Welcome to DSHS' news releases for 2017. You may sort by keyword, release number and date.

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Want to trade EBT card for marijuana?

Feb 07 2017

DSHS Office of Communications, Mindy Chambers, (360) 902-0265

OLYMPIA – Note to would-be food benefits traffickers.

You’re being watched.

In early February, Puyallup police arrested a Tacoma man after investigators with the Department of Social and Health Services’ Office of Fraud and Accountability saw a social media post offering to trade “great organic” marijuana “for EBT vehicles electronics” (sic).

The investigators notified Puyallup law enforcement, which set up an exchange of an EBT card for the marijuana and made the arrest ...read the full news release

New Journeys seeks to identify psychosis and begin treatment earlier for young people 

OLYMPIA- On Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, Washington’s third Coordinated Specialty Care program pilot site, New Journeys, launched to help Thurston and Mason County residents ages 15 to 25 who are showing symptoms of early psychosis. 

Psychosis is a change to the brain which interferes with a person’s experience of his or her world. A person who is experiencing an episode of psychosis may ...read the full news release

DSHS to help transform Medicaid in Washington

Jan 09 2017

DSHS Office of Communications, Chris Wright, (360) 902-8338

The Health Care Authority (HCA) signed an agreement with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for a five-year Medicaid transformation demonstration waiver. This will provide up to $1.1 billion in incentives to achieve better health, better care, and better value; as well as $375 million to support services for individuals who need long-term services and supports (LTSS), supportive housing or supported employment.

Following the announcement in October of an agreement in ...read the full news release