Jail Health Services new deputy director brings deep background

Cross-posted from Roll Call, the DAJD newsletter

Angie Hosking, Deputy Division Director, Jail Health Services

Angela (Angie) Hosking recently joined Jail Health Services (JHS) as Deputy Division Director, offering a wealth of behavioral health experience in her new role. 

Before joining King County, she served as the Director of Organizational Development at Western State Hospital – one of the largest psychiatric hospitals in the country.

“I am so excited that she has joined our team, and she has already started immersing herself into our practice and operations,” JHS Director Danotra McBride said in an introductory email.

Soon after being named Jail Health’s permanent Division Director in September, McBride made hiring a permanent Deputy a top priority. She lauded Becca Cole for a “phenomenal job” serving as interim Deputy Director of the Division.

One of Angie’s recent accomplishments was featured in a press release by Gov. Jay Inslee about the implementation of Virtual Reality training.  This innovative project supported the agency’s violence reduction initiatives and Angie was part of a core team that included creative directors, psychologists, and a production crew.  She transformed her agency’s Employee Development Department, introduced patients into the employee onboarding program to improve employee-patient relationships and reduce violence, and launched the hospital’s first annual in-service program with a focus on improving safety and providing high quality patient-centered care.  

Angie also has almost a decade of experience with the Washington State Department of Corrections.  She started her DOC career as an officer and ended it as one of the agency’s executive leaders.  Her duties included overseeing more than 120 offender programs, administering the agency’s offender classification system, managing a Residential Parenting Program for incarcerated mothers and their children, and other mandated federal safety programs.  She served in numerous collateral roles in conjunction with her positions, including chairperson of a Diversity Advisory Council, facilitating several evidence-based programs rooted in cognitive behavioral therapy, and implementing a Violence Reduction Team.

Angie is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in the Advanced Studies of Human Behavior.