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Our View: Summer Phelps report illustrates need for reform

The child fatality review in the Summer Phelps case punctuates the state’s arduous journey in reforming the way it goes about protecting vulnerable children. Before the 4-year-old girl’s horrible death …


Proposals focus on preventing deaths like Summer’s

The Department of Social and Health Services Children’s Administration issued today its review of how it handled the case of Summer Phelps, who was 4 when she died in March …


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 …


State may close teen runaway centers

Spokane’s center for teenage runaways could close this year if the Legislature agrees to cuts proposed by the Department of Social and Health Services. Nine centers in nine cities, including …


Washington cuts funding for runaway teen shelters

The budget ax is falling on a Washington state service that houses runaway teens while trying to reunite them with families or foster parents.


Report says DSHS complaints hit ‘all-time high’

Vulnerable children in Washington need to be placed in permanent, safe homes – preferably with caring relatives. And the quicker, the better. That’s the main message in a 102-page report …


Nurse program, DSHS suffer from budget issues

Government budget shortfalls in Washington and Idaho have resulted in cuts to programs that protect vulnerable children. In North Idaho, the Panhandle Health District’s Public Health Nurse Home Visiting Program …