Stories tagged: department of social and health services
UPDATED: Tue., March 31, 2020
The staff member was tested last week. They are one of 21 people employed by or in the care of the state’s Department of Social and Health Services that has …
UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 16, 2019
Lakeland Village facility fails federal review, must correct problems before taking new residents.
UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 14, 2019
Care provider for Spokane adults with disabilities accused of neglect, abuse one year after sister company shut down
A year after shutting down a troubled provider of in-home care for people with developmental disabilities, the Washington Department of Social and Health Services is cutting ties with the provider’s …
UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 2, 2019
Shawn Vestal: Explanations for letting man accused of ‘child torture’ off the hook aren’t a good excuse
Despite an explanation of the decision not the press charges against a man who has an extensive history of credible reports of abusing his three children, it remains inexplicable how …
UPDATED: Thu., April 4, 2019
Rachel Dolezal agrees to pay back $8,847, complete community service to avoid trial on welfare fraud charges
Dolezal, who changed her name to Nkechi Diallo in 2016, entered the diversion agreement March 25 in Spokane County Superior Court. She could still face a trial on the original …
Wed., Dec. 12, 2018
After twice finding the state of Washington in contempt for violating an order to provide timely competency services to mentally ill people held in jails, a federal judge has approved …
UPDATED: Mon., June 25, 2018
Federal government says Western State Hospital still does not meet standards despite improvements.
Wed., Oct. 25, 2017
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
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
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
House approves proposal to bring programs for children and families together in one department.
Thu., Sept. 15, 2016
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
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
Medical marijuana patient, denied custody of daughter, sues state agency after she contracts serious illness in foster care.
Fri., March 18, 2016
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
An Otis Orchards health care provider is accused of defrauding Medicaid in the amount of $30,000.
Tue., April 9, 2013
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 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 …