WSR 09-04-087

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Aging and Disability Services Administration)

[ Filed February 3, 2009, 2:55 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: The department is amending and adopting new rules in chapter 388-71 WAC, Home and community services and programs; chapter 388-106 WAC, Long-term care services; chapter 388-112 WAC, Residential long-term care services; chapter 388-825 WAC, Division of developmental disabilities service rules; chapter 388-829A WAC, Alternative living; chapter 388-829C WAC, Companion homes; and other related rules as appropriate.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 18.20.090, 43.20A.710, 74.08.090, 70.128.040, chapter 43.43 RCW.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The department is amending these rules and adding new sections to implement Initiative Measure No. 1029 (I-1029) and E2SHB 2284, chapter 361, Laws of 2007 (chapter 74.39A RCW). The proposed rules will implement federal background checks and training and certification requirements.

Other policy changes on these subjects may be incorporated into this rule making.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: The department of health, home care quality authority, and Washington state patrol will be included in the rule development process and will have the opportunity to review and comment on the WACs before they are finalized.

Process for Developing New Rule: DSHS welcomes the public to take part in developing the rules. At a later date, DSHS will file a proposal with the office of the code reviser with a notice of proposed rule making. A copy of the proposal will be sent to everyone on the mailing list and to anyone who requests a copy.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Barbara Hanneman, Home and Community Services, P.O. Box 45600, Olympia, WA 98504-5600, phone (360) 725-2540, fax (360) 725-2646, e-mail hannebj@dshs.wa.gov. To get information on the time and locations of stakeholder meetings and/or more information on the rule development for the implementation of I-1029, please visit the aging and disability services administration web at http://www.aasa.dshs.wa.gov/professional/training/1029/.

February 2, 2009

Stephanie E. Schiller

Rules Coordinator

Washington State Code Reviser's Office