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Washington’s DSHS names new leader

Washington's Department of Social and Health Services has a new leader: Susan N. Dreyfus, executive vice president for strategy with Rogers Behavioral Health System Inc. in the Milwaukee area. She will take over as DSHS secretary May 18.

Prosecutor alleges ‘pattern of misconduct’ at DSHS

A “pattern of misconduct” plagues the Colville office of the Department of Social and Health Services and has resulted in the wrongful removal of foster children, in one instance described in a court ruling as a “draconian solution” to a financial dispute, according to the county prosecutor.

DSHS finds violations at senior facility

No new residents can move into the Cooper George, a retirement and assisted-living facility on Spokane’s South Hill, until the facility ensures that it has a safe medication distribution system and can better coordinate care of its most vulnerable residents. Washington’s Department of Social and Health Services took the action Feb. 20, after it discovered “numerous violations that jeopardized the safety and well-being of residents,” according to a DSHS news release.

State puts hold on admissions to retirement facility

No new residents can move into the Cooper George, a retirement and assisted living facility on Spokane’s South Hill, until the facility ensures that it has a safe medication distribution system and can better coordinate care of its most vulnerable residents.

No new residents at Cooper George, state orders

No new residents can move into the Cooper George, a retirement and assisted-living facility on Spokane’s South Hill, until the facility ensures that it has a safe medication distribution system and can better coordinate care of its most vulnerable residents.

Technology delays state checks

The check is in the mail. Honest. That’s the message from the Department of Social and Health Service’s Children Administration to providers of foster care, adoption services and other children’s service providers who haven’t received their February payments.

Phelps report urges agencies to share data

Concerns about Summer Phelps – the 4-year-old who died in Spokane in 2007 at the hands of her father and stepmother – were reported eight times to Washington’s Child Protective Services. Yet other agencies involved with the family were unaware of the history and extent of abuse and neglect complaints. A review of the case recommended that agencies that help at-risk children should have access to such information to “ensure the coordination of services” and protect vulnerable children. The “executive child fatality review” was posted Friday on Washington’s Department of Social and Health Services Children’s Administration Web site.

Communication specialists fight ABC soup

The acronym list at Washington’s Department of Social and Health Services Web site runs 53 pages. OUCH. The acronym list for the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare stretches 37 pages. YIKES. But fortunately for citizens, both departments employ communication specialists who once toiled in daily newspaper journalism. There, they learned to translate jargon, and now they beat the drum against acronyms.