SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
Exempt from preproposal statement of inquiry under RCW 34.05.310(4).
Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: Chapter 388-148 WAC, Licensing requirements for foster homes, staffed residential homes, group care facilities, and child-placing agencies. Children's Administration is proposing a typographical correction in WAC 388-148-0050 (2)(b)(c) as adopted in WSR 04-08-073 on April 5, 2004. The intent of the WAC section was to identify to the individuals that are exempt from needing a background check in a licensed home or facility. Foster children and individuals who are eighteen or nineteen who remain in foster care are not required to complete a background check and the recently adopted language is confusing due to typographical error.
Hearing Location(s): Blake Office Park East (behind Goodyear Courtesy Tire), 4500 10th Avenue S.E., Rose Room, Lacey, WA, on September 7, 2004, at 10:00 a.m.
Date of Intended Adoption: Not earlier than September 8, 2004.
Submit Written Comments to: DSHS Rules Coordinator, P.O. Box 45850, Olympia, WA 98504, delivery to 4500 10th Avenue S.E., Lacey, WA, e-mail email@example.com, fax (360) 664-6185, by 5:00 p.m., September 7, 2004.
Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Fred Swenson, DSHS Rules Consultant, by August 20, 2004, TTY (360) 664-6178 or (360) 664-6097.
Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: The WAC language change is proposed without the filing of a CR-101 due to an exemption under RCW 34.05.310 (4)(d), allowing a WAC change with a typographical and grammatical error. This does not change the effect of the rule.
The proposal change is, as follows: (2) You must send a
completed background check form to your licensor on anyone on
the premises having unsupervised access to children who: (a)
Is at least sixteen years old or older; (b) is not a foster
; nor (c) A an individual eighteen through twenty years
old authorized to remain in foster care (see chapter 388-06 WAC).
Reasons Supporting Proposal: The recently amended WAC 388-148-0050(2) adding "nor an individual eighteen through twenty years old authorized to remain in foster care (see chapter 388-06 WAC)" for clarification that all individuals in foster care regardless of their age would not be required to complete a background check. However, with the adopted grammar the subsection has not been successful in clarifying the language due to the use of the semicolon.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 74.15.030.
Statute Being Implemented: Chapter 74.15 RCW.
Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.
Name of Proponent: Department of Social and Health Services, governmental.
Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting and Implementation: Jean L. Croisant, P.O. Box 45710, Olympia, WA 98504-5710, (360) 902-7992; and Enforcement: Children's Administration, Division of Licensed Resources, P.O. Box 45700, Olympia, WA 98504-5700.
No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. A small business economic impact statement is not needed per RCW 19.85.025 and 34.05.310 (4)(d), i.e. due to typographical and grammatical error.
A cost-benefit analysis is not required under RCW 34.05.328. A cost-benefit analysis is not required when the proposed change corrects a typographical error, as allowed under RCW 34.05.328 (5)(b)(iv).
July 15, 2004
Brian H. Lindgren, Manager
Rules and Policies Assistance Unit3424.2
(1) To apply for a license, the person or legal entity responsible for your home or facility must include with the application the following:
(a) Written verification for each applicant(s), staff, interns, volunteers and individuals who may have unsupervised access to children in care of the following information:
(i) A negative tuberculosis test or an X ray, unless you can demonstrate a religious or a medical reason prohibiting the test;
Note: Written documentation from your physician that indicates you are free of the signs and symptoms of tuberculosis may be accepted for individuals with a religious or a medical prohibition to the TB test.
(ii) First aid and cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training appropriate to the age of the children in care; and
(iii) HIV/AIDS and bloodborne pathogens training including infection control standards.
(2) You must send a completed background check form to
your licensor on anyone on the premises having unsupervised
access to ((
children)) a child who:
(a) Is at least sixteen years old or older;
(b) Is not a foster child; ((
(c))) nor an individual eighteen through twenty years old authorized to remain in foster care (see chapter 388-06 WAC).
(3) You must send a completed FBI fingerprint form on any individual in your home or facility who has lived outside Washington state within the last three years and meets WAC 388-148-0050 (2)(a)(b).
(4) A group care facility or staffed residential home licensed for six is required to meet the health and fire safety requirements to receive a certificate of compliance from the department of health and the Washington state patrol fire protection bureau.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 74.15.030 and chapter 74.15 RCW. 04-08-073, § 388-148-0050, filed 4/5/04, effective 5/6/04. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.15.030. 01-18-037, § 388-148-0050, filed 8/28/01, effective 9/28/01.]