DSHS Resources and Programs to Assist You

DSHS Resources and Programs to Assist You

DadsMOVE WADADS has compiled many of the DSHS Resources into a single page for easier navigation.

DSHS stands for Department of Social and Human Services. Many of the programs are available through out the state, but they can vary slightly, depending on what area of the state you reside in.

DSHS Mental Health Homepage – County government agencies and 145 private and non-profit organizations provide treatment for most of Washington’s estimated 126,009 adults and 37,552 children with mental illnesses.

DSHS – Children’s Administration, Washington State – Children’s Administration staff in 44 field offices work with children and families to identify their needs and develop a plan for services which support families and assure safety and well-being for children. These services are designed to reduce the risk of abuse, prevent out-of-home placement, and assure safety and permanency for children in care. In many instances, the Children’s Administration can provide referrals to local services in your community. One of the best DSHS resources.

DSHS Acronym List – There is a “lingo” specific to the mental health system, much like the “legalease” that attoneys speak in. It is very hard to know what the professionals are saying, unless you understand the “lingo”. Here is a list of common acronyms used by DSHS, the state, and most care providers.

DSHS Finding State and Federal Benefits – With this DSHS resource, you can find and apply for additional benefits and assistance for your child’s or family’s needs. Again, the services do vary slightly from one area to another.

Washington Prescription Drug Program – The Prescription Drug Program has developed several tools, released discount card programs, and pooled resources with other organizations with the same goal in mind… providing information and programs that serve the residents of Washington and their current needs for prescription drug purchasing assistance. This is a great DSHS resource to utilize.

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families – TANF provides temporary cash and medical help for families in need. Persons who are caring for a relative’s child, are legal guardians or are acting in the place of a parent are also able to apply for TANF benefits on behalf of these children.

Children’s Medical Programs – Children under the age of 19 have access to a variety of different medical programs to select from and apply to. Each program offers unique features or benefits. Please note that each program has its own eligiblity requirements. So you will have to apply to each program individually.

Division of Developmental Disabilities – The mission of the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) is to endeavor to make a positive difference in the lives of people eligible for services, through offering quality supports and services that are: individual/family driven; stable and flexible; satisfying to the person and their family; and able to meet individual needs. Supports and services shall be offered in ways that ensure people have the necessary information to make decisions about their options and provide optimum opportunities for success. Another great DSHS resource, be sure to check them out.

Children’s Long Term Inpatient Program (CLIP) – The CLIP Administration is responsible for policy and clinical decision making regarding admission to Washington state’s five CLIP Programs. The CLIP Administration is also the statutory placement authority for adolescents involuntarily committed for up to 180 day of inpatient care. The CLIP Administration assists the Mental Health Division of the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS/MHD) with monitoring the care provided by the CLIP Programs.

Kinship Care in Washington State – Are you a grandparent or other family member raising a relative’s child? You are not alone. Over 35,000 people in Washington State are caring for a relative’s child. The financial, legal, and emotional issues of raising a relative’s child can be challenging. Services and support when raising a relative’s child can be a lifesaver. Getting answers to questions and finding services, programs, and support can be confusing and overwhelming. Please visit Kinship Care for info on programs, services, resources and more.