WSR 04-18-045

PROPOSED RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Children's Administration)

[ Filed August 26, 2004, 3:54 p.m. ]

Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 00-22-061.

Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: Chapter 388-147 WAC, Licensing requirements for pregnant and parenting teen programs and facilities, Children's Administration is proposing minimum licensing requirements for specific type of independent-living programs/facilities for pregnant and parenting teens. The current maternity home-group home minimum licensing requirements do not meet the need or fully describe this type of licensed facility.

Hearing Location(s): Blake Office Park East, Rose Room, 4500 10th Avenue S.E. (behind Goodyear Courtesy Tire), Lacey, WA, on October 26, 2004, at 10:00 a.m.

Date of Intended Adoption: Not earlier than October 27, 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., October 26, 2004.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Fred Swenson, DSHS Rules Consultant, by October 22, 2004, TTY (360) 664-6178 or (360) 664-6097.

Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: Chapter 388-147 WAC, Licensing requirements for pregnant and parenting teen programs and facilities, is a new WAC chapter and was developed to provide the appropriate minimum licensing requirements for independent living facilities where teen families live in apartment-like settings. The anticipated effect is that the department will have a set of minimum licensing requirements that properly address the needs of several programs that are either licensed as a maternity group home or are unlicensed.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: The proposed WAC chapter provides licensing requirements for facilities that are currently not adequately covered in Children's Administration's current licensing chapters.

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: Division of Licensed Resources, P.O. Box 45700, Olympia, WA 98604-5700 [98504-5700].

No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. Children's Administration conducted a survey of all group care providers, child-placing agencies, staffed residential homes, forty-four member workgroup outlining the proposed changes. It was determined from the survey results that fewer than half a dozen agencies would be affected and that any costs would be minor. The preparation of a comprehensive small business economic impact statement is not required.

A cost-benefit analysis is required under RCW 34.05.328. A preliminary cost-benefit analysis may be obtained by contacting Jean L. Croisant, CA Rules Coordinator and Licensing Standards Program Manager, P.O. Box 45710, Olympia, WA 98504-5710, phone (360) 902-7992, fax (360) 902-7903, e-mail loje300@dshs.wa.gov.

August 23, 2004

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 04-19 issue of the Register.

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