A stock image of a Scrabble board, with the word “Teamwork” spelled out in tiles.
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Contact: Lisa Pemberton, DSHS Media Relations, 360–902–7844

lisa.pemberton@dshs.wa.gov

Nearly 400 community organizations with projects that benefit people with developmental disabilities applied for the first round of funding from the Dan Thompson Memorial Developmental Disabilities Community Services Account. …

By Western State Hospital Staff

He’s worked only a few years at Western State Hospital, but food service worker Gerardo Villegas has an extensive background in restaurant services.

Photo of Western State Hospital food service worker Gerardo Villegas in front of a vivid colorful tile mosaic background
Gerard Villegas. Photo courtesy of Western State Hospital staff.

He believes in setting goals and working hard to achieve them, and prides himself on being helpful, organized and agreeable.

Gerardo’s coworkers…

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

tyler.hemstreet@dshs.wa.gov

Sara McCaslin, DSHS’ creative director, explains WSH’s virtual reality training to a visiting team of WSHA leaders.

A day of immersion in virtual reality training recently at Western State Hospital left Washington State Hospital Association leaders with lessons learned and insights to share about the training throughout the state.

“It is incredible work — and clearly supports the path…

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.
Applications are being accepted through Friday, Oct. 8 for about $55 million in funding for organizations with projects that benefit people eligible for services through DSHS’ Developmental Disabilities Administration. The account named in memory of Dan Thompson, who was an advocate, Microsoft employee and person with a developmental disability. Dan is pictured above in the mailroom at Microsoft. Photo courtesy of the Thompson family.

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

From left, Facilities, Finance, and Analytics Assistant Secretary Judy Fitzgerald, Child Study and Treatment Center Interim CEO Byron Eagle, CSTC Director of Nursing Erik Logan and Behavioral Health Administration Assistant Secretary Kevin Bovenkamp do a ceremonial ribbon cutting for the San Juan Cottage on Sept. 30.

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…

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