WSR 03-05-022

PROPOSED RULES

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH


[ Filed February 10, 2003, 1:23 p.m. ]

Original Notice.

Exempt from preproposal statement of inquiry under RCW 34.05.310(4).

Title of Rule: Registration and renewal fees, WAC 246-927-990.

Purpose: To adopt registration and renewal fees for 2002 legislation requiring registration for recreational therapists.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: Chapter 18.230 RCW and RCW 43.70.250.

Statute Being Implemented: RCW 18.230.040.

Summary: This rule requires recreational therapists to obtain a registration. The statute requires registration and renewal fees to be established.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: Without establishing a fee, recreational therapists would either be forced to practice without a registration or stop treating patients.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting: Kris Waidely, Program Manager, 1112 S.E. Quince Street, (360) 236-4847; Implementation and Enforcement: Kristin Hamilton, Program Manager, 1112 S.E. Quince Street, (360) 236-4844.

Name of Proponent: Department of Health, governmental.

Agency Comments or Recommendations, if any, as to Statutory Language, Implementation, Enforcement, and Fiscal Matters: Health professions must be self-supportive.

Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.

Explanation of Rule, its Purpose, and Anticipated Effects: To adopt registration and renewal fees for 2002 legislation requiring registration for recreational therapists. The legislation requires registration and renewal fees to be established in accordance with RCW 43.70.250.

Proposal does not change existing rules.

No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. A small business economic impact statement need not be prepared because it is exempt under RCW 34.05.310, as a rule establishing fees according to legislative standards.

RCW 34.05.328 does not apply to this rule adoption. The rule establishes a "qualification" for license (for the reasons described above) and is therefore a significant legislative rule by definition, but under RCW 34.05.328 it is exempt nonetheless because it sets fees according to legislative standards.

Hearing Location: Department of Health, 1101 Eastside Street, Olympia, WA 98504, on March 26, 2003, at 3:30 p.m.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Kris Waidely by March 19, 2003, TDD (800) 833-6388 or (360) 236-4847.

Submit Written Comments to: Department of Health, Kris Waidely, Program Manager, P.O. Box 47868, Olympia, WA 98504-7868, fax (360) 236-4922, by March 19, 2003.

Date of Intended Adoption: March 26, 2003.

M. C. Selecky

Secretary

OTS-6087.1

Chapter 246-927 WAC

RECREATION THERAPY

FEES
NEW SECTION
WAC 246-927-990   How often do I need to renew and what are the costs for registration?   (1) Registrations must be renewed every year on the practitioner's birthday as provided in chapter 246-12 WAC, Part 2.

(2) The following nonrefundable fees will be charged for registered recreational therapists:


Title of Fee Fee
Application $110.00
Renewal 85.00
Late renewal penalty 50.00
Expired registration reissuance 50.00
Duplicate registration 15.00
Certification of certificate 25.00

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