WSR 17-23-172
(Children's Administration)
[Filed November 21, 2017, 11:55 a.m.]
Original Notice.
Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 17-19-093.
Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: The department is proposing to amend WAC 388-32-0030 What FRS services does the department provide?
Hearing Location(s): On December 26, 2017, at 10:00 a.m., at Office Building 2, Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) Headquarters, 1115 Washington, Olympia, WA 98504. Public parking at 11th and Jefferson. A map is available at
Date of Intended Adoption: Not earlier than December 27, 2017.
Submit Written Comments to: DSHS Rules Coordinator, P.O. Box 45850, Olympia, WA 98504, email, fax 360-664-6185, by 5:00 p.m., on December 26, 2017.
Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Jeff Kildahl, DSHS rules consultant, phone 360-664-6092, fax 360-664-6185, TTY 711 relay service, email, by December 12, 2017.
Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: The department is proposing to amend WAC 388-32-0030 in order to better align this rule with current practice.
Reasons Supporting Proposal: The existing WAC is outdated and does not reflect current practice in the children's administration (CA).
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 13.32A.040, 74.13.031, 74.080.090 [74.08.090].
Statute Being Implemented: RCW 74.13.031.
Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.
Name of Proponent: DSHS, governmental.
Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting, Implementation, and Enforcement: Sherrie Flores, P.O. Box 45710, Olympia, WA 98504, 360-902-7903.
A school district fiscal impact statement is not required under RCW 28A.305.135.
A cost-benefit analysis is not required under RCW 34.05.328. A cost-benefit analysis is not required under RCW 34.05.328 (5)(b)(iii). Rules adopted by reference, without material change, to ensure the WAC are consistent with federal requirements. The rule content is dictated by statute.
This rule proposal, or portions of the proposal, is exempt from requirements of the Regulatory Fairness Act because the proposal:
Is exempt under RCW 19.85.025(3) as the rule content is explicitly and specifically dictated by statute.
November 16, 2017
Katherine I. Vasquez
Rules Coordinator
AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending WSR 06-11-080, filed 5/16/06, effective 6/16/06)
WAC 388-32-0030 What FRS ((services)) does the department provide?
The assigned social worker provides family reconciliation services (FRS) to develop skills and supports within families to resolve family conflicts, achieve a reconciliation between parent and child, and to avoid out-of-home placement. The services may include, but are not limited to, referral to services for suicide prevention, psychiatric or other medical care, or psychological, financial, legal, educational, or other social services, as appropriate to the needs of the child and family. Typically FRS is ((limited to a ninety-day)) completed within a thirty-day period. Children's administration (CA) provides ((intake/assessment)) intake and assessment services (IAS).
(1) Youth ((and/or)) and their families who call or self-present at a children's administration central intake or ((a)) local office requesting FRS ((services)) must be provided assistance in contacting the appropriate children's administration's intake services to make a formal request for FRS ((services)).
(((a))) (2) The FRS social worker must contact the family within twenty-four hours of their assignment to the case((,)) to schedule an appointment to begin the ((phase I)) family interview ((process)) and assessment. ((These))
(3) FRS ((phase I sessions are)) is intended to defuse the immediate potential for violence, assess problems, and explore options leading to problem resolution.
(((b) CA or its contractors may provide FRS phase II crisis counseling services.
(2))) (4) Families ((eligible for FRS phase II crisis counseling are those who, in the opinion of the family and the CA social worker, require more intensive services than those provided through phase I services.
(a) Families must make a commitment to participate in the FRS phase II crisis counseling service and must not concurrently be receiving similar counseling services through other agencies or practitioners. At a minimum, there must be a parent and a child willing to participate. FRS phase II crisis counseling assists the family to develop skills and supports in order to resolve conflicts.
(b) FRS phase II crisis counseling services may not exceed twelve hours within forty-five days unless it is provided using a CA approved model that is based on research demonstrating effectiveness.
(c) The assigned counselor helps the family develop skills and supports to resolve conflicts. The counselor may refer to resources including medical, legal, ongoing counseling and CPS for problem resolution.
(d) FRS phase II crisis counseling services are available a maximum of twice in a lifetime for any one family. The family must include a parent/guardian who has legal custody of the youth)) who require more intensive interventions than those provided by the FRS social worker may be referred to a contracted provider for services. The family must make a commitment to participate in the contracted services.