DSHS Assistant Secretary Carla Reyes ordered the probe after whistleblowers told the KING 5 Investigators about serious problems at the Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery (DBHR).
“After the investigation is complete, we will update KING 5 with our findings,” DSHS spokesperson Kelly Stowe said in an email confirming the investigation.
DSHS’s internal probe comes as another whistleblower – the third former DBHR employee to appear in a KING story – came forward.
“I left DBHR because I couldn’t go to work every day knowing I was working for an unethical agency,” said Brian Barr. He left his job as a senior inspector after ten years at DBHR.