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UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 17, 2019

State AG takes up case of disabled Spokane woman who died in care

The Spokane Police Department determined it couldn’t pursue charges in the case of a developmentally disabled woman who died in February after a caretaker gave her a lethal dose of …

Department of Children, Youth, and Families office building coming to north Spokane

A $2.5 million building will be constructed in Spokane’s Shiloh Hills neighborhood for the newly created Washington state Department of Children, Youth, and Families, according to city permit data.

UPDATED: Mon., May 7, 2018

Washington now accepts cash child support payments at 7-Eleven stores

The state’s Department of Social and Health Services announced Monday it’s partnering with PayNearMe, a national vendor, to enable cash payments of child support at 7-Eleven, Ace Cash Express or …

UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 4, 2017

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 …

Governor names new head of social services agency

The woman who has been trying to keep Washington state’s largest psychiatric hospital from failing has been appointed to run the state Department of Social and Health Services.

UPDATED: Fri., June 23, 2017

Cellmate of transgender murder suspect says Donna Perry claimed to have killed dozens

The triple-murder trial of Donna R. Perry entered the realm of surreal Friday as a mentally-ill jailhouse snitch claimed that Perry took credit for as many as 30 killings and …

UPDATED: Tue., March 14, 2017

Spokane cardiologist Romeo Pavlic to pay $300,000 to settle federal medical fraud claims

Spokane cardiologist Dr. Romeo Pavlic agreed Tuesday to pay $300,000 to settle a federal lawsuit alleging he over billed Medicaid and Medicare for tests he did not perform on developmentally …

Reform, realign children services

Much like the push to coordinate efforts under criminal justice reform, the case for consolidating children services is compelling.

Volunteers plan ‘one-stop shop’ for homeless services in Spokane

Businesses, nonprofits and government agencies are teaming up to host a “one-stop shop” for Spokane’s poor and homeless people.

Number of U.S. foster kids rises; parents’ drug abuse a factor

After dropping sharply between 2005 and 2012, the number of children in the U.S. foster care system has increased for a third year in a row, according to new federal …

Feds give $1 million to help state pay for drug that reverses heroin overdose

A federal grant aimed at stopping overdose deaths will expand access to naloxone.

Legal settlement clears way for mental hospital patients to resume field trips

A crackdown on patients leaving the grounds of state mental hospitals put in place after the high-profile escape from an outing to the Spokane County Fair in 2009 will be …

Judges: Washington in contempt in mental health case

A federal judge is holding Washington state’s mental health services agency in contempt for failing to comply with her order to provide competency services to mentally ill defendants in a …

Gov. Inslee wants new agency for vulnerable children, families

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee wants to create a new state agency to deliver services to vulnerable children and families.

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.

New federal data shows nearly 3 percent rise in child abuse

The number of U.S. children victimized by abuse and neglect increased by nearly 3 percent in the latest annual reporting period, according to new federal data.

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.

Editorial: Foster care challenges emerge

High caseloads raise the risk that children will become a drain on other government services, rather than productive citizens.

Staff numbers hinder Eastern State’s compliance with mental health evaluations

Eastern State Hospital continues to struggle with a federal judge’s order to evaluate criminal defendants for mental illness promptly. Delayed evaluation means defendants who may have a mental illness wait …

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 …

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, …

Fixing Foster Care: Fostering stability

As Diana Stegner lay in a hospital bed, alone, homeless and suicidal, she acknowledged her newborn son would be better off with someone else. Within hours Michelle Trotz cradled baby …

Fixing foster care: ‘Where do I belong?’

Alkala Michener’s green eyes pool with tears as she recalls the night she lost her family: She was 7 years old, dressed in a Cinderella pink nightie, her lace-rimmed socks …

Emeritus at South Hill under state investigation

An assisted living facility on Spokane’s South Side has been told to stop accepting new residents pending a state investigation of the facility. Emeritus at South Hill, 3708 E. 57th …

Medical marijuana patient can get custody of daughter

Billy Fisher doesn’t have to choose between his 16-month-old daughter and the medical marijuana he takes to manage his chronic back pain. In a case that could have implications in …

State, USDA sharing data to catch fraud

OLYMPIA – State and federal agencies are teaming up in an effort to fight food-stamp fraud. While the Washington Department of Social and Health Services is tracking people who misuse …

Holiday brighter for 32,060 people

On Friday, the Christmas Bureau wrapped up its last day at the fairgrounds, completing its quest to make Christmas happier for families in need. This year it served 32,060 people, …

DSHS to investigate complaints about tribe

YAKIMA – Two former Yakama Nation officials say they were fired for questioning how the tribe spends state and federal funds on social programs and whether some of the money …

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 agrees to pay former foster children $5.3 million

The Department of Social and Health Services agreed Monday to pay $5.3 million to four people who were subjected to years of physical and sexual abuse as children in a …