SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
Date of Adoption: February 14, 2003.
Purpose: The purpose of this emergency filing is to amend sections of chapter 388-148 WAC, Licensing requirements for child foster homes, group care programs/facilities, and agencies, which impact the receipt of federal funding for eligible children in care with Children's Administration. See Citation of Existing Rules below.
Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 388-148-0040 What first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training is required?, 388-148-0045 What HIV/AIDS training is required?, 388-148-0050 How do I apply for a license?, 388-148-0060 When am I not allowed to receive a license from a child-placing agency?, 388-148-0065 When may I be certified to provide care to children?, 388-148-0120 What incidents involving children must I report?, 388-148-0125 What are your requirements for keeping client records?, 388-148-0140 What personnel policies must I have?, 388-148-0220 What fire safety requirements must I follow to qualify for a license?, 388-148-0260 What are the general requirements for bedrooms?, 388-148-0270 What are the requirements for beds?, 388-148-0335 When must I get medical exams for the children under my care?, 388-148-0345 What must I do to prevent the spread of infections and communicable diseases?, 388-148-0350 How do I manage medications for children under my care?, 388-148-0395 What requirements must I meet for feeding babies?, 388-148-0460 What requirements do you have for supervising children?, 388-148-0520 What are the training requirements for foster parents and prospective foster parents?, 388-148-0560 Do I need a treatment plan for children under my care?, 388-148-0585 What social service staff do I need?, 388-148-0630 What fire prevention measures must I take?, 388-148-0700 What are the qualifications for an executive director for a group care program or child-placing agency?, 388-148-0720 What qualifications must the child care staff for a group care program and a child-placing agency have?, 388-148-0725 What is the ratio of child care staff to children in group care facilities?, 388-148-0785 What is the proper ratio of staff to children in home or group care facilities offering maternity services?, 388-148-0800 What levels of secure CRCs exist?, 388-148-0915 What steps must be taken after a youth is admitted into a CRC?, 388-148-0995 What are the ratio requirements of youth care staff to youth in crisis residential centers?, 388-148-1060 What services may a child-placing agency provide?, 388-148-1070 What health histories need to be provided to adoptive parents?, 388-148-1115 Do you have requirements for adoptive services? and 388-148-1120 What is the process for adoptions?; and new WAC 388-148-0058 May I have a license for both child day care and child foster care?, 388-148-0427 Are there specific requirements regarding Native American children?, 388-148-0462 Who may provide care to a foster child in the foster home when the foster parent is away from the home?, 388-148-0542 May a foster child be supervised by someone under eighteen in the foster home?, 388-148-0722 What are the qualifications for health care staff for a group care program or a child-placing agency?, 388-148-0892 What are the requirements for a level three secure CRC?, 388-148-1076 What are the qualifications for an executive director of a child-placing agency?, 388-148-1077 What are the qualifications for a case aide for a child-placing agency programs, 388-148-1078 What are the qualifications for health care staff hired or contracted by a child-placing agency to provide services to children in care?, 388-148-1079 What are the qualifications for consultants for child-placing agency programs?, 388-148-1140 May a licensed child-placing agency provide emergency respite services?, 388-148-1145 Does an agency or individual need to be licensed as a child-placing agency to provide emergency respite services that are not center-based?, 388-148-1150 Does a child-placing agency providing emergency respite services need specific program staff?, 388-148-1155 What are the education and training requirements for a program manager for an emergency respite program at a child-placing agency?, 388-148-1160 What services do child-placing agencies provide if they offer an emergency respite program?, 388-148-1165 Does a child-placing agency need approval from the division of licensed resources to provide emergency respite services?, 388-148-1170 What age children may receive emergency respite services?, 388-148-1175 Who may place a child for emergency respite?, 388-148-1180 Must all children accepted for emergency respite care have current immunizations?, 388-148-1185 What are the record-keeping requirements for a child-placing agency providing emergency respite services?, and 388-148-1190 What written information is needed before a child is accepted for emergency respite care by a child-placing agency?
Statutory Authority for Adoption: Chapter 74.15 RCW.
Under RCW 34.05.350 the agency for good cause finds that state or federal law or federal rule or a federal deadline for state receipt of federal funds requires immediate adoption of a rule.
Reasons for this Finding: Children's Administration has found that some of the sections of chapter 388-148 WAC require waivers in order for provider compliance. The approval of waivers then jeopardizes federal funds received by Children's Administration to support services to children and their families.
Children's Administration is engaged in working with stakeholders for the permanent adoption of rule changes. Children's Administration will be reviewing the proposed changes to the chapter in the next few weeks. The tentative date for the filing of the proposed rules for public comment is mid-April 2003.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 21, Amended 31, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making:
Pilot Rule Making:
or Other Alternative Rule Making:
Effective Date of Rule: Immediately.
February 14, 2003
Bonita H. Jacques
for Brian H. Lindgren, Manager
Rules and Policies Assistance Unit
Reviser's note: The material contained in this filing exceeded the page-count limitations of WAC 1-21-040 for appearance in this issue of the Register. It will appear in the 03-06 issue of the Register.