Kevin W. Quigley became Washington state's secretary of the Department of Social and Health Services on Jan. 16, 2013, and was appointed to the post by Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee."The thing that makes Washington innovative, first, is that we're doing anything," Quigley said of his department's long-term care services for caregivers. (Meena Ganesan/Washington Post Live)

Kevin W. Quigley at Washington Post Live’s Caregiving in America forum in Seattle. (Photo by Scott Eklund/The Washington Post)

“The thing that makes Washington [state] innovative is, first, that we’re doing anything.

“Second, our program is evidence-based. The central element is a tailored caregiving program — when people come into our system, we do an initial screen to identify what kinds of support we can give them. That usually allows our system, which is distributed through our counties via 13 area agencies on aging across the state, to provide the support. For caregivers, if you can connect with the area agencies on aging, there are a lot of resources.”

-Kevin W. Quigley, secretary of the Department of Social and Health Services, Washington state