Department of Social and Health Services http://kplu.org en Morale at Washington's biggest state agency plummets http://kplu.org/post/morale-washingtons-biggest-state-agency-plummets OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Great Recession has taken its toll on morale at Washington’s largest state agency. Employee satisfaction at the Department of Social and Health Services has plummeted over the past couple of years. That’s according to a new employee survey.<p>DSHS is not only a large agency, it deals with some of Washington’s most vulnerable populations: abused and neglected children, the mentally ill and the elderly.<p>So here’s the top line summary of how employees who do that sensitive work are feeling: “In the 11 years ... Tue, 08 May 2012 16:29:58 +0000 4957 at http://kplu.org Morale at Washington's biggest state agency plummets State workers union ads regarding more violence at Western State Hospital deemed 'mostly false' http://kplu.org/post/state-workers-union-ads-regarding-more-violence-western-state-hospital-deemed-mostly-false <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hDJ4BQUJEA</p><p>A new TV ad created by the Washington Federation of state Employees claims that violence has increased at <a href="http://www.dshs.wa.gov/mhsystems/wsh.shtml">Western State Hospital </a>&ndash; because of budget cuts by the state.&nbsp;</p><p>The Seattle Times &quot;Truthneedle&quot; picked that ad apart and says it&#39;s misleading and &quot;mostly false.&quot; Fri, 18 Feb 2011 16:52:57 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 828 at http://kplu.org