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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 …


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

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.


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.


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.


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 …


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.


DSHS official explains visitation schedule that brought sons to Powell’s home

DSHS officials offer an explanation on how Powell’s sons were brought to father’s home


Excelsior could house sex offenders

Excelsior Youth Center may partner with the state Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration to open 12 beds for teenage Level 1 sex offenders. Bob Faltermeyer, Excelsior’s director, said the JRA approached the …


Complaints at DSHS rise as state funding drops

Demand for social services increased dramatically at the same time Washington state cut those services for an increasing number of poor, jobless residents. The number of state residents experiencing long-term …


Courthouse family rights protest planned

A family rights group is planning protests on Friday against the child welfare system at courthouses across the nation, including Spokane. The protests, planned in 42 states and Washington, D.C., …


Welfare agency leader lacks support of union

A vote by union employees of the state Children’s Administration overwhelmingly expressed no confidence in the agency’s head, the Washington Federation of State Employees said. “This is not something we …


DSHS privatization halted by judge

A Thurston County judge has ordered the Washington Department of Social and Health Services to stop contracting with private agencies to manage child welfare cases until it can show that …


State workers union sues DSHS, claims ‘effort to privatize child welfare’

The largest union representing Washington state workers has filed a lawsuit in Thurston County Superior Court seeking to stop the Department of Social and Health Services from privatizing child welfare. …


Editorial: Keep public assistance programs accountable

What might be lost in the controversy over welfare debit card abuse is the fact that the state is taking serious steps to address the problem. The unfortunate distraction emerged …


DSHS resignation comes amid criticism over fraud comments

SEATTLE – The official in charge of Washington state’s food stamp and child support agency has resigned amid an uproar over televised remarks he made that appeared to dismiss evidence …


Adoptions, parental rights loophole puts families in flux

A Tri-Cities couple’s adopted sons may be taken away, and a Spokane woman’s daughter was adopted while she fought to keep the girl. The separate child custody cases illustrate a …


State reduces aid for families

Washington cut about 5,000 families off welfare Tuesday and reduced the monthly benefit to the families remaining on assistance at a time when more people are asking for help. As …


State assistance terminated for 5,000 families

Washington cut about 5,000 families off welfare Tuesday and reduced the monthly benefit to the families remaining on assistance, at a time when more people are asking for help. As …


Special needs kids find caring home with the Beuhls

The first phone call came almost 20 years ago. It was about a tiny child at St. Anne’s Children Home with shaken baby syndrome. The baby was so frail and …


Letter details targeted cuts to Medicaid services

Thousands of Washington’s poorest residents will receive a letter early next month informing them that they will lose health care services in the coming year as the state cuts Medicaid …


DSHS to cut 380 workers, among other actions

OLYMPIA – One of the state’s largest agencies will cut 380 employees, give the remaining staff two more days of unpaid leave and reduce the amounts spent on long-term care, …


DSHS to cut staff by 380

OLYMPIA — One of the state’s largest agencies will cut 380 employees, give the remaining staff two more days of unpaid leave and reduce the amounts spent on long-term care, …


State budget woes strike welfare program

OLYMPIA – Fewer people will qualify for a state welfare program that provides child care subsidies and help finding a job under cuts announced by Gov. Chris Gregoire on Thursday. …


Medicaid clients to get service cards

About 183,000 people on Medicaid in Spokane and northeastern Washington will receive service cards replacing monthly paper coupons beginning this week.


County to pay $50,000 to settle suit in death of Trent Yohe

Spokane County commissioners approved a $50,000 settlement Tuesday in the May 2007 death of a Spokane Valley man who fought with sheriff’s deputies.


State revokes license of adult family home

The license of Amazing Grace Adult Family Home in southeast Spokane has been revoked by the state Department of Social and Health Services.


DSHS defends job cuts

OLYMPIA – Washington lawmakers took calculated risks when they adopted a budget that lopped more than $4 billion in state programs and spending this year, but officials say the reality …


Wash. ombudsman sues over cuts to health program

A judge in Seattle has been asked to halt cuts to a health care program for disabled adults living in Washington state-sponsored homes.


Prosecutor rakes DSHS office

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 …