WSR 04-17-116

PROPOSED RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Economic Services Administration)

[ Filed August 17, 2004, 1:49 p.m. ]

Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 04-13-100.

Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: WAC 388-412-0005 General information about your cash benefits.

Hearing Location(s): Office Building 2 Auditorium (DSHS Headquarters), 1115 Washington, Olympia, WA 98504 (public parking at 11th and Jefferson), on September 21, 2004, at 10:00 a.m.

Date of Intended Adoption: Not earlier than September 22, 2004.

Submit Written Comments to: DSHS Rules Coordinator, P.O. Box 45850, Olympia, WA 98504, delivery 4500 10th Avenue S.E., Lacey, WA, e-mail fernaax@dshs.wa.gov, fax (360) 664-6185, by 5:00 p.m., September 21, 2004.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Fred Swenson, DSHS Rules Consultant, by September 17, 2004, TTY (360) 664-6178 or (360) 664-6097.

Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: The amended rule is to clarify the rule regarding receiving duplicate assistance in two assistance units or two states in the same month for cash assistance.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: This change will clarify the WAC for the public, clients, and DSHS staff.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 74.08.090, 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74.04.057.

Statute Being Implemented: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74.04.057, 74.08.090.

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, Implementation and Enforcement: Patti Clark, 1009 College S.E., Lacey, WA 98504, (360) 725-4613.

No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. This proposed rule does not have an economic impact on small businesses, it only affects DSHS clients.

A cost-benefit analysis is not required under RCW 34.05.328. These amendments are exempt as allowed under RCW 34.05.328 (5)(b)(vii) which states in-part, "[t]his section does not apply to....rules of the department of social and health services relating only to client medical or financial eligibility and rules concerning liability for care of dependents."

August 11, 2004

Brian H. Lindgren, Manager

Rules and Policies Assistance Unit

3447.1
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 01-18-054, filed 8/30/01, effective 9/30/01)

WAC 388-412-0005   General information about your cash benefits.   (1) Each separate cash assistance unit (AU) gets a separate benefit amount. If several AUs live in the same house, each AU gets a separate benefit amount.

(2) You cannot receive the same type of benefits in:

(a) Two states in the same month;

(b) Two AUs in the same month; unless

(c) You left the AU to live in a shelter for battered women and children. See WAC 388-408-0045.

(3) If you are married and both you and your spouse get general assistance, you and your spouse are one AU.

(((3))) (4) Your grant is rounded down to the next whole dollar amount unless:

(a) You get a clothing and personal incidental (CPI) allowance; or

(b) Your benefits are reduced to pay an overpayment.

(((4))) (5) We do not issue any cash benefits if you are eligible for less than ten dollars unless:

(a) You get a CPI allowance;

(b) Your benefits are reduced to pay an overpayment; or

(c) You get Supplemental Social Security (SSI) interim assistance payments.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.510 and 74.08.090. 01-18-054, 388-412-0005, filed 8/30/01, effective 9/30/01; 99-16-024, 388-412-0005, filed 7/26/99, effective 9/1/99. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.510, 74.08.090, 74.04.055, 74.04.057 and S. 825, Public Law 104-193, Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996. 99-02-039, 388-412-0005, filed 12/31/98, effective 1/31/99. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74.04.057 and 74.08.090. 98-16-044, 388-412-0005, filed 7/31/98, effective 9/1/98.]

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