Notice of Nondiscrimination

Discrimination is Against the Law

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) complies with applicable Federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex. DOH doesn't exclude people or treat them differently because of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex.

DOH also complies with applicable state laws and doesn't discriminate on the basis of creed, gender, gender expression or identity, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability.

The Washington State Department of Health:

  • Provides free aids and services to people with disabilities to communicate effectively with us, such as:
    • Qualified sign language interpreters
    • Written information in other formats (large print, audio, accessible electronic formats, other formats)
  • Provides free language services to people whose primary language is not English, such as:
    • Qualified interpreters
    • Information written in other languages

If you need these services, contact 1-800-525-0127.

If you believe that DOH has failed to provide these services or discriminated in another way on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex, you can file a grievance with:

Washington State Department of Health
The Center for Facilities, Risk and Adjudication
Attn: Shawn Murinko
PO Box 47890
Olympia, WA 98504-47890
1-800-525-0127
Civil.Rights@doh.wa.gov.

You may file a grievance in person or by mail, fax, or email. If you need help filing a grievance, Shawn Murinko is available to help you.

You may also file a civil rights complaint with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights, electronically through the Office for Civil Rights Complaint Portal, available at https://ocrportal.hhs.gov/ocr/portal/lobby.jsf, or by mail or phone at: 

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
200 Independence Avenue, SW
Room 509F, HHH Building
Washington, D.C. 20201
1-800-368-1019, 800-537-7697 (TDD)

Complaint forms are available at http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/office/file/index.html.