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About Us

The Department of Social and Health Services is an integrated organization of high-performing programs working in partnership for statewide impact to help transform lives.

The Department’s mission is to improve the safety and health of individuals, families and communities by providing leadership and establishing and participating in partnerships.

Our core values are:

  • Excellence in service
  • Respect
  • Collaboration and partnership
  • Diversity
  • Accountability

Together we will decrease poverty, improve safety and health status and increase educational and employment success to support people and communities in reaching their potential.

Each year, more than 2.2 million children, families, vulnerable adults and seniors come to us for protection, comfort, food assistance, financial aid, medical and behavioral health care and other services.

As one department, with one vision, one mission and one core set of values, we are able to provide services from multiple programs to meet the multiple needs of the majority of clients.

We recognize ours is a shared responsibility with dedicated family members, foster parents, community groups, religious organizations, private providers and other government agencies.



Office Hours: Most DSHS offices are open Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM and closed on weekends and Observed State Holidays.