WSR 09-06-085

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Economic Services Administration)

[ Filed March 3, 2009, 2:34 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: The department is amending WAC 388-492-0040 Can I choose whether I get WASHCAP food benefits or Basic Food benefits? and 388-492-0070 How are my WASHCAP food benefits calculated?

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74.04.057, 74.04.500, 74.04.510, 74.08.090.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The department plans to amend rules in chapter 388-492 WAC to implement changes necessary to meet cost neutrality requirements between the Washington state combined application project (WASHCAP) and the supplemental nutrition assistance program as specified in the approved WASHCAP demonstration project waiver.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: The United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) enforces the provisions of the federal food stamp program as enacted in the 2008 Farm Bill and codified in the Code of Federal Regulations. The DSHS economic services administration, community services division (CSD) policy unit intends to coordinate communications of the change with the CSD service delivery unit and with CSD regional financial coordinators.

Process for Developing New Rule: DSHS welcomes the public to take part in developing the rules. Anyone interested should contact the staff person identified below. 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 Don Winslow, Policy Analyst/Program Manager, Economic Services Administration, Community Services Division, P.O. Box 45470, Olympia, WA 98504-5470, phone (360) 725-4580, fax (360) 725-4905, e-mail winsldg@dshs.wa.gov.

March 3, 2009

Stephanie E. Schiller

Rules Coordinator

Washington State Code Reviser's Office