WSR 07-11-132

PROPOSED RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Aging and Disability Services Administration)

[ Filed May 22, 2007, 9:25 a.m. ]

Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 06-07-086.

Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: New chapter 388-829C WAC, Companion home residential services program.

Hearing Location(s): Blake Office Park East, Rose Room,

4500 10th Avenue S.E., Lacey, WA 98503 (one block north of the intersection of Pacific Avenue S.E. and Alhadeff Lane. A map or directions are available at http://www1.dshs.wa.gov/msa/rpau/docket.html or by calling (360) 664-6097), on July 10, 2007, at 10:00 a.m.

Date of Intended Adoption: Not earlier than July 11, 2007.

Submit Written Comments to: DSHS Rules Coordinator, P.O. Box 45850, Olympia, WA 98504-5850, delivery 4500 10th Avenue S.E., Lacey, WA 98503, e-mail schilse@dshs.wa.gov, fax (360) 664-6185, by 5:00 p.m. on July 10, 2007.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact DSHS by July 3, 2007, TTY (360) 664-6178 or (360) 664-6097 or by

e-mail at schilse@dshs.wa.gov.

Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: The purpose of the new companion home residential services chapter is to consolidate information governing the operation of companion home residential services for ease of reference by the user.

The division of developmental disabilities (DDD) is proposing to consolidate standards that were existing rule in chapters 388-825, 388-845, and 388-101 WAC. DDD is also putting existing requirements found in policy and contract into the proposed rule. This will consolidate the companion home residential services program into one chapter for easier reference.

There is a new requirement for companion home providers to keep property records for the companion home client.

This rule was originally proposed as chapter 388-821 WAC and included rules for alternative living services. This rule has been separated from the rules for alternative living services and is now chapter 388-829C WAC. These changes will make finding companion home residential services rules easier for the user.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: See purpose above.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 71A.12.030.

Statute Being Implemented: Title 71A 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: Debbie Roberts, 640 Woodland Square Loop S.E., Lacey, WA 98504, (360) 725-3400; Implementation and Enforcement: Don Clintsman, 640 Woodland Square Loop S.E., Lacey, WA 98504, (360) 725-3426.

No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. DDD has determined for this set of rules that alternative living providers are all small businesses and there will be no disproportionate impact. DDD has analyzed these proposed rules and concludes that costs to alternative living providers will be minor, if there are any costs at all.

A cost-benefit analysis is required under RCW 34.05.328. A preliminary cost-benefit analysis may be obtained by contacting Debbie Roberts, 640 Woodland Square Loop S.E., Lacey, WA 98504, phone (360) 725-3400, fax (360) 404-0955, e-mail roberdx@dshs.wa.gov.

May 15, 2007

Stephanie E. Schiller

Rules Coordinator

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 07-12 issue of the Register.

Washington State Code Reviser's Office