WSR 98-16-063



[Filed August 3, 1998, 4:48 p.m.]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: There is a need to implement the 1998 legislation to mandate continuing competency requirements for the counseling professions (chapter 246-810 WAC) of certified marriage and family therapists, certified mental health counselors, and certified social workers.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: SSB 6550.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: This effort will establish continuing competency requirements which has been mandated by the 1998 legislation.

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

Process for Developing New Rule: Collaborative rule making. Develop in consultation with stakeholders.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Tonya G. Stauffer, Department of Health, Counselor Programs, P.O. Box 47869, Olympia, WA 98504-7869, phone (360) 664-3004, fax (360) 753-0739.

July 22, 1998

K. Van Gorkom

Deputy Secretary

Legislature Code Reviser


Washington State Code Reviser's Office