Department of Social and Health Services

Washington Accrues Almost $7.5 Million in Contempt Fines
SEATTLE (AP) — The state of Washington has accrued fines of about $7.5 million for failing to provide competency services to mentally ill people who must wait in jails for weeks or months. The federal judge who imposed the fines issued an order on Tuesday saying the state must pay the outstanding balance of $2...
Neglect Case of Disabled Teen Reaches $5 Million Settlement
SEATTLE (AP) — A judge has approved a $5.5 million settlement in a case against the state for the neglect and abuse of a disabled teen. KOMO-TV reports the Department of Social and Health Services was accused of failing to remove Heather Curtis from her caretakers in North Bend after receiving several reports of neglect...
Commissioner Orders “Special Master” for Mental Hospital
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A Pierce County court commissioner has ordered the state to appoint a "special master" to oversee changes in admissions policies at Western State Hospital. Commissioner Craig Adams' ruling also calls for the state to adopt a goal of ending "psychiatric boarding" within six months...
More Than 200,000 Sign Up For Health Insurance in Washington
SEATTLE (AP) — More than 200,000 people signed up for health insurance in Washington state during the open enrollment period that ended Sunday. State officials say people who couldn't sign up because of computer problems on Saturday, should contact Washington Healthplanfinder because they may be given extra time to finish their applications. ...