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Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) programs and problems

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In this section of Washington LawHelp you will find general legal information and resources about DSHS programs and problems in Washington state.

  • DSHS Help for People with Disabilities: Necessary Supplemental Accommodations

    7151EN - If you get DSHS benefits, such as TANF, SFA, Disability Lifeline, Medicaid, or food assistance, DSHS must accommodate your disabilities. This means that DSHS must try to make their services and benefits available to you to the same extent that they are available to people without a disability. Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
  • Representing Yourself at a Fair Hearing

    7910EN - If you do not agree with any decision, either verbal or written, made by the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), you have the right to appeal that decision by asking for a fair hearing. This publication tells you about 1) the deadline to request a fair hearing, 2) how to make the request, 3) how to prepare for your hearing, and 4) what to expect at your hearing and afterward. Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
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    Russian / Pусский
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  • Video - How to Represent Yourself at a DSHS Hearing

    This half hour video shows how anyone who disagrees with a decision by DSHS can appeal their decision through the fair hearing process and represent themselves at the hearing. Read More

    By:
    Kitsap Legal Services
  • What Are My Rights? Dealing with DSHS

    7900EN - This publication lists services available by DSHS and your rights when dealing with this state agency. Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
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  • Exception to Rule (ETR) DSHS Programs

    7101EN - The Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) is able to give you some types of benefits even if you don't meet all of the requirements. This is called an "exception to a rule" or "ETR". DSHS considers ETR requests on a case-by-case basis and approves requests only in limited circumstances. Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
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    Russian / Pусский
  • How to Fight a Denial of DSHS Public Assistance

    7100EN - This publication explains your rights if you apply for cash, food stamps, medical, or child care assistance from the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) and their office denies you benefits. Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
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    Russian / Pусский
    Spanish / Español
  • How To Fight an Overpayment of Cash Assistance, Medical Assistance or Food Stamps

    7104EN - An overpayment occurs when you receive benefits you are not eligible for according to DSHS rules. DSHS gets the benefits back by charging you with an overpayment. This publication provides info on the types of overpayments and what you can do if you disagree. Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
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    Russian / Pусский
    Spanish / Español
  • Do I Qualify for DSHS Services?

    Find out what benefits you may quality for. Read More

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    Department of Social and Health Services
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  • How To Fight a Termination or Reduction of DSHS Public Assistance

    7102EN - This publication explains your rights if the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) tells you that it will stop or cut back the cash, food stamps, medical, or child care assistance they have been giving you. The most important thing to know is that you must ask for a fair hearing soon, usually within 10 days of being mailed written notice, to keep getting your benefits while you appeal. Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
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    Russian / Pусский
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  • How to Petition for Superior Court Review

    7917EN - If you disagree with the final fair hearing decision, you may appeal your case to a state Superior Court. The appeal is called a "Petition for Judicial Review of an Administrative Decision." Your appeal can be filed in either the Superior Court of the county where you live or in Thurston County Superior Court in Olympia. Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
  • WorkFirst Education and Training Opportunities

    7135EN - Are you interested in training or education? You can ask your WorkFirst worker to add the options in this booklet to your IRP as WorkFirst activities. Most of these activities are not required. However, studies show that the best way to get and keep a good job is to improve your education and training. These options are often your best ticket out of the welfare system. Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
  • How to Present an Equitable Estoppel Defense at a DSHS Hearing

    7912EN - If you get an overpayment notice from DSHS saying that you owe them money or food stamps because they gave you benefits they should not have, and the overpayment was through no fault of yours, you should ask for a fair hearing, also called an administrative hearing. You have a legal defense against the overpayment. You must ask for the fair hearing within 90 days of the date of the overpayment notice. The notice may say the overpayment was unintentionally caused, rather than say it was administrative error. It will also say you have to repay it. It will not tell you that there is a legal defense against it. Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
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  • Washington State Human Rights Commission Web Site

    The mission of the Washington State Human Rights Commission is to eliminate and prevent discrimination through the fair application of the law, the efficient use of resources, and the establishment of productive partnerships in the community. Read More

    By:
    Washington State Human Rights Commission
  • Welfare Fraud: What You Need to Know

    7116EN - This publication answers common questions about welfare fraud and offers important information that you should know if you are being accused of welfare fraud. Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
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    Spanish / Español
  • What do I do if DSHS Stops My Benefits Because I'm a "Fleeing Felon"

    7406EN - If you are a fleeing felon, you are not eligible for many federal and state public benefits. This publication defines "feeling felon" and discusses the benefits that are affected. Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project