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OLYMPIA — Susan Dreyfus, the director of the Department of Social and Health Services, is leaving after the end of the year.
Dreyfus will stay through the upcoming special legislative session, which begins Nov. 28 and is expected to take a big chunk of the $2 billion hole the state needs to fill out of DSHS. She's taking a job with Families International, Inc., a nonprofit organization that has three other nonprofits under its umbrella. Its previous director died in August.
Gov. Chris Gregoire appointed Dreyfus to run the state's mega-agency in May 2009; at the time she was the chief operating officer for the Alliance for Children and Families and Families International in Wisconsin.
The governor will likely make an interim appointment before the end of the special session, her office said.
OLYMPIA – Welfare recipients wouldn’t be able to use their benefits cards at strip clubs, tattoo parlors or taverns, if the Legislature passes bills like those considered Thursday by a Senate panel.
The cards, known as EBTs for Electronic Benefits Transfer cards, couldn’t be used for guns or body piercings, booze or cigarettes, lottery tickets or casino ATMs.
Recipients would be barred buying things clearly not for children when spending money from the state’s biggest welfare program – formally known as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families or TANF – under proposals considered Thursday by the Senate Human Services and Corrections Committee.
The panel got no objections about blocking such payments from Susan Dreyfus, head of the state’s giant welfare agency the Department of Social and Health Services. The state already bars their use for gambling and lottery tickets. The real question was the best way to prevent such use with the cards, and to crack down on fraud and abuse.