SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Aging and Disability Services Administration)
Date of Adoption: April 28, 2003.
Purpose: The Division of Developmental Disabilities has been directed by the 2002 Washington state legislature to begin paying an income supplemental, called state supplementary payment (SSP). Implementation of this directive requires amendment of rules in chapters 388-825 and 388-850 WAC, as well as adoption of new WAC 388-825-500 through 388-825-600, Division of Developmental Disabilities state supplementary payment. The department has filed a CR-101 Preproposal statement of inquiry (WSR 02-17-068) and has initiated a rule-making proceeding to adopt permanent rules on this subject matter. These rules supersede emergency rules filed as WSR 02-20-045 on September 25, 2002, and the emergency rules filed as WSR 03-03-115 on January 21, 2003.
Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 388-825-020, 388-825-055, 388-825-100, 388-825-120, 388-825-180, 388-825-205, 388-825-252, 388-825-254, 388-850-035, and 388-850-045.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 71A.12.030, 71A.10.020.
Other Authority: 2001-03 Supplemental Budget ESSB 6387, (chapter 371, Laws of 2002).
Under RCW 34.05.350 the agency for good cause finds that state or federal law or federal rule or a federal deadline for state receipt of federal funds requires immediate adoption of a rule.
Reasons for this Finding: The state legislature in adopting ESSB 6387 (chapter 371, Laws of 2002), has directed the Division of Developmental Disabilities to begin paying an income supplement, called state supplementary payment. In its published "Final Budget - Statewide Agency Detail" for ESSB 6387, the legislature also clearly stated its intent that "Beginning July 2002, state supplemental payments will no longer be provided automatically to all persons receiving a federal SSI benefit. SSI recipients will continue to receive their federal benefits and their federally provided annual cost of living increases each January. Some recipients who are dependent on larger state supplements will be provided a transitional state supplemental payment. The remaining amount of state supplemental payments required by federal rules will be used to support low... income families who are struggling to continue to care for children and other relatives with developmental disabilities." Emergency adoption of these rules is necessary to implement ESSB 6387 and the legislature's intent. The department is working with public stakeholders to develop proposed rules for permanent adoption.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 24, Amended 13, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making:
Pilot Rule Making:
or Other Alternative Rule Making:
Effective Date of Rule: Immediately.
April 24, 2003
Brian H. Lindgren, Manager
Rules and Policies Assistance Unit
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