PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Financial Services Administration)
Subject of Possible Rule Making: Amending WAC 388-720-0020 Cost reimbursement schedule. This WAC is used to determine the amounts owed by parent's, and other responsible party's, for the cost of support, treatment, and confinement of juveniles in custody.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 13.40.220 Costs of support, treatment, and confinement, order, contempt of court.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Revised rules are needed to clarify the term "ability to pay" as used in RCW 13.40.220. Without this WAC change, the department will not have a rule that clearly defines "ability to pay." After the rule becomes effective, agency staff will use the new language to help determine a responsible party's cost for the support, treatment, and confinement of a juvenile in custody.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: There are no federal or other state agencies that regulate this subject.
Process for Developing New Rule: DSHS welcomes the public to take part in developing the rules. Anyone interested in participating should contact the staff person indicated below.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Bill Stoner, Department of Social and Health Services, Financial Services Administration, 4450 10th Avenue S.E., Lacey, WA 98503, voice (360) 664-5499, fax (360) 664-5701, TTY 1-800-833-6388.
August 28, 2003
Brian H. Lindgren