WSR 97-14-047

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES

(Economic Services Administration)

[Filed June 27, 1997, 3:54 p.m.]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 388-290 WAC and related sections.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 74.04.050 and EHB 3901, section 801 (1997).

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: On November 1, 1997, the four main Department of Social and Health Services-subsidized child care programs (JOBS, income assistance, transitional, and employment child care) will be consolidated into an integrated child care program. New rules will implement the mandate that all income and otherwise eligible TANF and non-TANF clients be eligible for the Department of Social and Health Services child care subsidies with a copayment.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.

Process for Developing New Rule: The Department of Social and Health Services will continue to assure inclusion of all interested parties in the rule-making process, including child care advocates, child care providers, and other state agencies. A subcommittee of the Child Care Coordinating Committee has served as the primary rule-making advisory body on subsidized child care.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Roger V. Long, Program Manager, Department of Social and Health Services, Lacey Government Center, 1009 College Street S.E., Lacey, WA 98504, phone (360) 413-3256, FAX (360) 413-3494, e-mail longrv@dshs.wa.gov, TTY (360) 413-3001.

June 27, 1997

Merry A. Kogut, Manager

Rules and Policies Assistance Unit

Legislature Code Reviser

Register

Washington State Code Reviser's Office