WSR 99-01-164

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES

(Children's Administration)

[Filed December 23, 1998, 10:40 a.m.]



Subject of Possible Rule Making: Child protective services' (CPS) notification and appeal process regarding investigative findings of child abuse or neglect reports.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 26.44.100 and 26.44.125.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: New rules are needed to outline the child protective services (CPS) notification process for alleged perpetrators of child abuse or neglect investigative findings. New rules will also outline the procedures, review process, and administrative hearing process regarding the appeal of substantiated CPS investigative findings of child abuse or neglect.

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

Process for Developing New Rule: Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) welcomes the public to take part in the developing of the new rules regarding CPS client notification and appeal process. Anyone interested in participating should contact the staff persons indicated below. After the rule is drafted, DSHS will file a copy with the Office of the Code Reviser with a notice of proposed rule making.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Beth Holmes, Department of Social and Health Services, Children's Administration, P.O. Box 45710, Olympia, WA 98504-5710, phone (360) 902-7977, e-mail holb300@DSHS.wa.gov, fax (360) 902-7903; or Ken Patis, Department of Social and Health Services, Children's Administration, P.O. Box 45710, Olympia, WA 98504-5710, phone (360) 902-7990, e-mail pake@dshs.wa.gov., fax (360) 902-7903.

December 18, 1998

Marie Myerchin-Redifer, Manager

Rules and Policies Assistance Unit

Legislature Code Reviser 

Register

Washington State Code Reviser's Office