Safeguarding confidential client information is essential to the Department of Social and Health Services. The Department promotes strong management practices to ensure client confidential information remains protected. If you believe the Department may have violated your privacy, please complete the Privacy Complaint Form. You also may write or submit a complaint electronically with the same information.

To submit a privacy complaint electronically please email the DSHS Privacy Officer at

To mail a complaint, please send the complaint to:

DSHS Privacy Officer
PO Box 45135
Olympia, WA 98504-5135


The Department is subject to several federal and state laws regarding the protection of confidential information.

Health Care Information Act

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act  (HIPAA)


Protect Yourself

If you are concerned your personal information has been exposed, you can find information on actions you can take to protect yourself on the following websites: