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January 27, 2014 at 2:29 PM

Audit: State worker, boss spent hours shopping on the job

A state Department of Social and Health Services worker spent more than 75 hours browsing the Internet on the job during a four-month stretch last year, according to an audit released Monday. The worker, who was not identified, used his computer to shop for boats, motorcycles, pet supplies, guns and a chainsaw, according to a report…

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December 23, 2013 at 5:58 PM

Audit: DSHS employees were paid $87K for unworked hours

We’ve all wished we could have more than 24 hours in a day. At the Special Commitment Center — a state facility for sexual predators –maybe you can. One center employee reported (and got a supervisor to approve) working 88 hours on a single day last year, according to a state audit released Monday. An administrator told auditors…

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November 26, 2013 at 4:27 PM

DSHS accused of ‘negligence, carelessness’ in child-abuse lawsuit

Two Thurston County girls Tuesday sued the state Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), claiming the agency mishandled complaints that their mother was abusing them. The mother, Theresa Ann Hutton, was convicted in 2009 of second-degree criminal mistreatment after a court found she withheld the “basic necessities of life” from one of the girls, who was forced to…

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October 21, 2011 at 2:31 PM

DSHS chief outlines potentially deep cuts to social services

Department of Social and Health Services Secretary Susan Dreyfus met with nearly 300 social service providers, families in need, recovering addicts and other DSHS clients in Seattle today to discuss potentially deep program cuts at the agency. Dreyfus, who last week announced that she’s leaving DSHS for a job close to her family in the Midwest, told the…

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October 12, 2011 at 11:48 AM

DSHS Secretary Susan Dreyfus leaving for new job in Wisconsin

Department of Social and Health Services Secretary Susan Dreyfus is leaving to become president and CEO of Milwaukee-based Families International, Inc. Dreyfus took over DSHS in May 2009. She worked for Families International before coming to Washington. The governor sent out a statement on Wednesday saying Dreyfus will continue to head DSHS through the special legislative session…

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