Applications for the Dan Thompson Memorial Developmental Disabilities Community Services Account accepted through Friday, Oct. 8

Dan Thompson is holding a large U.S. Mail bin inside the mailroom at Microsoft.

Contact: Lisa Pemberton, DSHS Media Relations, 360–902–7844

lisa.pemberton@dshs.wa.gov

Organizations with projects that benefit people who are eligible for services through the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services’ Developmental Disabilities Administration are invited…


Contact: Tyler Hemstreet, DSHS Media Relations, 564–201–0027

tyler.hemstreet@dshs.wa.gov

The Sept. 30 opening of the fourth Child Study and Treatment Center cottage was more than a means to treat more children with severe behavioral needs and disorders.

It was a milestone for Erik Logan, a registered nurse and the hospital’s director…


Contact: Lisa Pemberton, DSHS Media Relations, 360–902–7844

lisa.pemberton@dshs.wa.gov

A photo of a computer screen with Saif Hakim presenting during the webinar.

DSHS’ Developmental Disabilities Administration hosted a webinar on Sept. 9 to share information on Gov. Jay Inslee’s COVID-19 vaccination mandate.

Nearly 300 people attended the online information-sharing event, which featured presentations by representatives from DDA, the Aging and Long-Term Support Administration’s Residential…


The instinct to react in an instant is embedded deep within Kiaya Van Scoyoc.

That’s a benefit to society because the Special Commitment Center residential rehab counselor has found herself in such situations several times.

The most recent difference-making incident came Sept. …


Seven in 10 Washingtonians will need long-term care, new earned benefit helps ensure residents can afford care when they need it

Contact:
Chris Wright
chris.wright@dshs.wa.gov

OLYMPIA, WA — Starting January 2022, Washingtonians will begin making contributions into the WA Cares Fund. The WA Cares Fund is a new long-term care…


DSHS Transforming Lives logo, black and white

Beginning in September, the Department of Social and Health Services will reduce its physical footprint in Clallam County. …


Western State Hospital celebrates its 150-year anniversary this month

Contact: Tyler Hemstreet, DSHS Media Relations, 564–201–0027

LAKEWOOOD — Once tribal hunting grounds, a farm and a military outpost, the site of Western State Hospital has a unique and storied history.

Where woolly sheep once grazed across Puget Sound prairies, Western…


Kerry Clark, plumber supervisor, left, with apprentice Caleb Cole. Photo courtesy of Esme Crosson.

Contact: Norah West, DSHS Media Relations, 360–489–5587

It’s been more than 18 months since the Department of Social and Health Services was approved by the Washington State Apprenticeship and Training Council to launch its Trades Apprenticeship Program, only to be met head-on by a global pandemic. Despite the myriad challenges…


A young child stands on a short step ladder and uses white chalk to draw a rocket ship on a grey wall. A miniature schnauzer sits to the left of the child, watching.

Contact: Norah West
DSHS Office of Communications
(360) 489–5587

OLYMPIA — As Washington state’s summer hits its stride, some thoughts can’t help but wander toward a new school year. We are still living in uncertain times, and many families remain concerned about how they will support their children. The Department…


In honor of Pride Month in June, the Behavioral Health Administration recognized Two-Spirit people. Two-Spirit is a term used by Native Americans and spans across western categorizations of gender, sex and sexuality, holding diverse cultural and individual meanings. …

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