WSR 03-03-056

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Children's Administration)

[ Filed January 13, 2003, 3:38 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 388-32-0025 Who may receive FRS services? and 388-32-0030 What FRS services does the department provide?

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 74.13.0301, 74.08.090, 2002 State Supplemental Operating Budget (section 202, chapter 371, Laws of 2002).

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The Children's Administration, Division of Program and Policy, has been directed by the state legislature, in the 2002 supplemental budget, to reduce the Family Reconciliation Services program by $1.68 million, effective July 1, 2002. Additionally, the Children's Administration has gone to a statewide, centralized intake for all after-hours services, and will be expanding the centralized intake to twenty-four hours per day, seven days per week, on or about January 1, 2003. Implementation of these directives and initiatives requires amendment of rules in WAC 388-32-0030.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.

Process for Developing New Rule: The department welcomes public participation in the development of these rules. At a later date, the department will publish proposed rules for public comment and a public hearing will be held before the rules are adopted as permanent. Draft material and information about how to participate may be obtained from the department representative listed below.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Bruce Thomas, Supervisor, Children's Administration, Safety and Early Intervention Unit, P.O. Box 45710, Olympia, WA 98504-5710, phone (360) 902-7953, fax (360) 902-7903, e-mail thbr300@dshs.wa.gov.

January 13, 2003

Brian H. Lindgren, Manager

Rules and Policies Assistance Unit

Legislature Code Reviser 

Register

Washington State Code Reviser's Office