Stories tagged: Department of Social and Health Services
Wed., Oct. 25, 2017, 1:16 p.m.
Judge holds Washington state mental health agency in contempt, orders fines
A federal judge has found the Washington state agency that oversees mental health services in contempt for failing to provide timely competency evaluations for people waiting in jails.
UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 4, 2017, 8:30 p.m.
Family of man who fell in lake while tied to wheelchair sues
The foster family of a 22-year-old man with disabilities has sued the state of Washington and a state-contracted company, claiming caretakers left the man strapped into his wheelchair at the …
UPDATED: Sat., May 6, 2017, 10:50 p.m.
McNeil changing treatment to avoid ‘warehousing’ some sexual predators
Group that protects rights of the disabled, Washington officials reach agreement on better treatment options for some sexual predators housed at McNeil Island.
UPDATED: Wed., March 15, 2017, 10:51 p.m.
Washington House backs new department for children and families
House approves proposal to bring programs for children and families together in one department.
Thu., Sept. 15, 2016, 4:25 p.m.
Riverside School District, DSHS sued for death of 5-year-old
The Riverside School District and the Washington Department of Social and Health Services are being sued in federal court for the wrongful death of a five-year-old boy.
Tue., Aug. 16, 2016, 1:07 p.m.
Judge extends in-jail competency deadlines to 14 days
A federal judge has modified a permanent injunction against the Washington state agency that oversees competency evaluations for mentally ill people charged with crimes.
Tue., April 12, 2016, 4:04 p.m.
Marijuana patient sues state after daughter develops MRSA in foster care
Medical marijuana patient, denied custody of daughter, sues state agency after she contracts serious illness in foster care.
Fri., March 18, 2016, 1:30 p.m.
Lawyers say renovated jail no place for mentally ill
Lawyers representing mentally ill defendants waiting extended periods of time for competency services are asking a federal judge for a restraining order to stop the state of Washington from sending …
Tue., Feb. 9, 2016, 12:06 p.m.
Judge gives Washington mental hospitals more time to fix programs
A federal judge has extended the deadline for state mental hospitals to fix the system of evaluating and treating criminal defendants with suspected mental illnesses.
Wed., Feb. 3, 2016, 5:28 p.m.
Gov. Inslee appoints interim leader for DSHS
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has appointed an acting secretary for the Department of Social and Health Services while a national search begins for a permanent leader.
Wed., Jan. 6, 2016, 8:19 a.m.
Head of DSHS announces resignation
The head of Washington’s Department of Social and Health Services has announced his resignation after three years at the state’s biggest agency.
Thu., June 4, 2015
Lakeland Village provider’s license revoked after abuse
A care provider at Lakeland Village Nursing Facility had his credentials suspended after officials determined he put his foot on a resident’s forehead, pushed him down twice, rubbed hand sanitizer …
Fri., March 20, 2015
Lakeland Village gets reprieve
Federal officials have backed away from a threat to cut funding from Lakeland Village as a result of improvements responding to numerous violations. The Washington state Department of Social and …
Thu., March 12, 2015
Lakeland Village Nursing Facility residents to lose Medicaid funding
The federal government plans to cut off Medicaid funding for 83 residents under long-term care at Lakeland Village Nursing Facility as of next Thursday. State officials said on Wednesday that …
Sat., Feb. 7, 2015
Foster parents decry flu vaccine requirement
A new Washington law is forcing foster care providers to make a choice: get a flu shot or stop caring for children younger than 2 years old. At least 50 …
Wed., Dec. 31, 2014
Family of Eastern State Hospital patient who died in 2013 files lawsuit
The family of a Tri-Cities man who died after being found bloody and unconscious on the floor of an Eastern State Hospital restroom in 2013 is suing. Misael Rodriguez, 43, …
Thu., July 10, 2014
Deaconess Hospital shooter got gun back from police
The man who killed his wife and then himself at Deaconess Hospital on Tuesday had been evaluated by law enforcement as a potential suicide risk less than 24 hours earlier. …
Mon., Dec. 9, 2013
Washington drops funding for Life Skills training program
Betty Kellum dropped out of high school her senior year because she was pregnant and never went back. She worked fast-food jobs and spent four years as the in-home caregiver …
Sun., July 14, 2013
Advocacy network works to reunite parents, kids in foster care
Single father Andrew Farris knew he’d have to fight his own monsters before he could be a dad again. Farris will never forget the day he lost custody of his …
Thu., July 4, 2013
Spokane fugitive arrested in killing
A mentally ill felon from Spokane who has a history of threatening violence and escaping custody was arrested Tuesday in connection with the June killing of a Lake Stevens, Wash., …
Fri., June 14, 2013, 3:32 p.m.
Caregiver accused of defrauding Medicaid
An Otis Orchards health care provider is accused of defrauding Medicaid in the amount of $30,000.
Tue., April 9, 2013
Toddler’s death declared a homicide
The death of a toddler last week has been ruled a homicide. Rylee J. Castner, an 18-month-old boy, died March 31 of blunt force trauma to the head, according to …
Tue., Feb. 12, 2013
Eastern State Hospital passes review
Eastern State Hospital has passed its latest review and will be recommended for reaccreditation by the The Joint Commission. A final decision on the Medical Lake psychiatric hospital could be …
Mon., Jan. 14, 2013
Eastern State Hospital expects reaccreditation
An unsecured karaoke machine caused Eastern State Hospital to lose its accreditation last month, according to a report released by the Washington Department of Social and Health Services. The suspension …
Fri., Dec. 28, 2012
Hospital accreditation at risk
Eastern State Hospital’s accreditation has been suspended after a patient strangled another patient last month. The nation’s foremost medical accreditation organization, The Joint Commission, determined last week that the hospital …
UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 20, 2012, 4:39 p.m.
Male patient found dead at Eastern State Hospital
A female patient at Eastern State Hospital is suspected of murder after a male patient was found dead early Tuesday.
Sat., Oct. 13, 2012
Abuse within foster families systemic, hurts
Second of two parts. In July 1996, two 9-year-old twin sisters and their 7-year-old brother were removed from the abusive home of their biological mother and placed in foster care.
Fri., Oct. 12, 2012
CPS ineptitude plays large role in lives of two families
First of two parts. In April 1987, twin sisters were born to a family living in rural Stevens County. The following November, a brother was born.
Thu., Aug. 2, 2012, 9:23 a.m.
DSHS didn’t consult with authorities on Powell
OLYMPIA — A panel reviewing the deaths of Josh Powell’s two young children says state social workers did not consult with law enforcement before allowing Powell to host visits at …
Tue., July 24, 2012, 8:52 a.m.
DSHS sends mobile office to Ferry County
The Department of Social and Health Services said Monday it sent a mobile Customer Service Office to Keller in Ferry County to assist residents who need access to services.