State of WashingtonVancouver 98684
Full Time +

Knowledge of DSHS employment investigation practice, state and federal laws regarding patient abuse, and protection of vulnerable adults.

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Dshs Wsh Program Specialist

State of Washington
Full Time, Permanent Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), 800 NE 136th Ave #110, Vancouver, WA 98684, United States Apply before 10/6/2023 11:59


Program Specialist 2

Are you ready to put your project management skills to work?

, is seeking a motivated Program Specialist to exercise statewide responsibilities specializing in providing program guidance to investigation program participants across the Behavioral Health Administration (BHA), Western State Hospital (WSH). 


In this role, you will design, develop, monitor, and implement a specialized program to monitor and track the master docket for file data and all other court-related documents. You will create and edit the daily master court schedule, 2-week and 6-week dockets. Additionally, process all documents for Western State Hospital.  Filing petitions with the county clerk, maintaining and storing copies according to relevant laws and hospital policies.

Opportunities performed on-site at this work location at least three days a week may be eligible for an additional 5% premium pay in addition to the advertised salary. Pierce County employees receive a free Orca card for transportation use.

Note: This position is on-site and the hours will be 7 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. 

Some of what you'll do:  
  • Provide specialized program guidance to investigation program participants (internal and external entities)
  • Formulate recommendations and coordinate implementation and ongoing evaluation of programs
  • Plan, evaluate and consult with staff and outside entities and recommend solutions.
  • Function as a specialist for issues that can impact multiple programs, departments, and/or jurisdictions
  • Manage department data pertaining to investigation cases
  • Submit and maintain work orders and related requests for the department
  • Sends update notifications regarding patients to internal and external entities
  • Review, edit, and analyze a multitude of investigative processes and reports
  • Conduct quality analysis at the finalization of each case (average 50 per month)
  • Provide professional and technical advice to investigators, management, and external entities
  • Organize and lead weekly joint team meetings with internal/external entities
  • Research, analyze, and coordinate the implementation of long-range planning activities related to the investigation and evidence-preservation programs
  • Serve as the Appointing Authority designee for DSHS's central Employee Investigation Management System (EIMS), trains to and manages the electronic case-management system for BHA
  • Research, analyze, and evaluate information from multi-jurisdictional resources related to investigative cases 
  • Conducts quality reviews of case summaries investigated by other investigators at WSH
  • Maintains paper and electronic records and systems pertaining to investigations of incidents and/or allegations of employee misconduct

What we are looking for: 

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Familiarity and comfortability working with multiple databases and software
  • Knowledge of DSHS employment investigation practice, state and federal laws regarding patient abuse, and protection of vulnerable adults
  • Ability to work effectively with others to obtain the cooperation of other departments
  • Knowledge of: Just Cause Principles, Garrity and Weingarten rights

Who should apply?

Bachelor's degree, or related experience, training, and/or education. Work experience processing legal documents and interacting with the court system. 

Along with your application please include:

  • Cover Letter 
  • Resume
  • Three current professional references

Our Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) mission to Transform Lives requires that we come together with a sense of belonging, common purpose, shared values, and meaningful work. It is crucial to our agency’s mission that you bring equity, anti-racism, and social justice commitment to your work with DSHS. We strive to create greater access and affirming representation of the communities we serve, including Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, people with physical, behavioral health, and intellectual disabilities, elders, LGBTQIA+ individuals, immigrants and refugees, and families building financial security.

Questions?  Please contact and reference job number 12373