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Western State Hospital


Promoting recovery and well-being in partnership with the people we serve.

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Western State Hospital opened in 1871 and is one of the largest inpatient psychiatric hospitals west of the Mississippi with more than 800 beds and 2,500 employees. WSH is located in the city of Lakewood, Washington, which is seven miles south of Tacoma.

WSH is one of two state-owned psychiatric hospitals for adults in the state of Washington. WSH provides services to individuals in 20 western Washington counties. Eastern State Hospital, the other state-owned psychiatric hospital for adults, serves 18 counties in eastern Washington.  The Child Study and Treatment Center provides psychiatric services for children 5-18 years old throughout the state.  

WSH provides evaluation and inpatient treatment for people with serious or long-term mental illness.  Patients are referred to the hospital through their behavioral health organization, the civil court system when individuals meet the criteria for involuntary treatment (RCW 71.05) or through the criminal justice system (RCW 10.77).

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    Welcome to the official LinkedIn company page of WA State's Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS). Message from DSHS Job Advertisements (WA State Department of Social and Health Services) about COVID-19: DSHS is following Public Health and Governor Inslee’s recommendation to direct public to the Department of Health for up-to-date information regarding the COVID-19 (coronavirus) and our state’s response. For more information, please refer to this DSHS website: At Washington state’s largest agency, we work to transform the lives of over 2.5 million people we serve each year. Our 17,000 employees engage daily with the state’s most vulnerable residents. We are known for our innovative approaches to social services and our strong belief we can accomplish our mission only through strong partnerships with communities and solid government-to-government relationships with Native American tribes. We envision a state in which all people are healthy, safe, and supported and taxpayer resources are safeguarded. We value honesty and integrity, open communication, pursuit of excellence, equity, diversity and inclusion, and commitment to service. We are nationally recognized for our services to adults and children with a wide range of needs, including elder or long-term care, behavioral health assistance; child and family support; adult rehabilitation; and employment, food, and cash assistance. Our many offices are located throughout the state, which is known for its affordable, safe communities and unparalleled recreation, cultural and educational opportunities. Join us in Transforming the Lives of Washington State’s most vulnerable citizens. Learn more about where you can be part of this work at