SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
Date of Adoption: October 3, 2003.
Purpose: The purpose of this emergency filing to amend sections of chapter 388-148 WAC, Licensing requirements for child foster homes, group care programs/facilities, and agencies, which impact the receipt of federal funding for eligible children in care with Children's Administration. See Citation of Existing Rules below for new and amended rules affected. This notice and the full text of these emergency rules are available from the DSHS rule-making website at http://www1.dshs.wa.gov/msa/rpau/docket.html, or by contacting Jean Croisant, DSHS Children's Administration, phone (360) 725-2486, or by e-mail at email@example.com.
Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Chapter 388-148 WAC, Licensing requirements for child foster homes, staffed residential homes, group care programs/facilities, and agencies; amending WAC 388-148-0035 What personal characteristics do I need to provide care to children?, 388-148-0040 What first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPA) training is required?, 388-148-0045 What HIV/AIDS training is required?, 388-148-0050 How do I apply for a license?, 388-148-0060 When am I not allowed to received a license from a child-placing agency?, 388-148-0065 When may I be certified to provide care to children?, 388-148-0095 When are licenses denied, suspended or revoked?, 388-148-0120 What incidents involving children must I report?, 388-148-0125 What are your requirements for keeping client records?, 388-148-0140 What personnel policies must I have?, 388-148-0170 What steps must I take to ensure children's safety around bodies of water?, 388-148-0220 What fire safety requirements must I follow to qualify for a license?, 388-148-0260 What are the general requirements for bedrooms?, 388-148-0270 What are the requirements for beds?, 388-148-0335 When must I get medical exams for the children under my care?, 388-148-0345 What must I do to prevent the spread of infections and communicable diseases?, 388-148-0350 How do I manage medications for children under my care?, 388-148-0395 What requirements must I meet for feeding babies?, 388-148-0460 What requirements do you have for supervising children?, 388-148-0520 What are the training requirements for foster parents and prospective foster parents?, 388-148-0560 Do I need a treatment plan for children under my care?, 388-148-0585 What social service staff do I need?, 388-148-0630 What fire prevention measures must I take?, 388-148-0700 What are the qualifications for an executive director for a group care program or child-placing agency?, 388-148-0720 What qualifications must the child care staff for a group care program and a child-placing agency have?, 388-148-0725 What is the ratio of child care staff to children in group care facilities?, 388-148-0785 What is the proper ratio of staff to children in home or group care facilities offering maternity services?, 388-148-0800 What levels of secure CRCs exist?, 388-148-0915 What steps must be taken after a youth is admitted into a CRC?, 388-148-0995 What are the ratio requirements of youth care staff to youth in crisis residential centers?, 388-148-1060 What services may a child-placing agency provide?, 388-148-1070 What health histories need to be provided to adoptive parents?, 388-148-1115 Do you have requirements for adoptive services? and 388-148-1120 What is the process for adoptions?; and new sections WAC 388-148-0058 May I have a license for both child day care and child foster care?, 388-148-0427 Are there specific requirements regarding Native American children?, 388-148-0462 Who may provide care to a foster child in the foster home when the foster parent is away from the home?, 388-148-0542 May a foster child be supervised by someone under eighteen in the foster home?, 388-148-0722 What are the qualifications for health care staff for a group care program or a child-placing agency?, 388-148-0892 What are the requirements for a level three secure CRC?, 388-148-1076 What are the qualifications for an executive director of a child-placing agency?, 388-148-1077 What are the qualifications for a case aide for a child-placing agency program?, 388-148-1078 What are the qualifications for health care staff hired or contracted by a child-placing agency to provide services to children in care?, and 388-148-1079 What are the qualifications for consultants for child-placing agency programs?
Statutory Authority for Adoption: Chapter 74.15 RCW.
Under RCW 34.05.350 the agency for good cause finds that immediate adoption, amendment, or repeal of a rule is necessary for the preservation of the public health, safety, or general welfare, and that observing the time requirements of notice and opportunity to comment upon adoption of a permanent rule would be contrary to the public interest; and 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: Children's Administration has found that some of the sections of chapter 388-148 WAC require waivers in order for provider compliance. The approval of waivers then jeopardizes federal funds received by Children's Administration to support services to children and their families.
These rules replace emergency rules adopted as WSR 03-14-012 on June 18, 2003. Children's Administration has filed a preproposal statement of inquiry (WSR 02-06-083) and is engaged in working with stakeholders for the permanent adoption of rule changes. Stakeholders recently reviewed the draft rules, and the department is preparing economic analyses related to the possible impact of the rules. Providers of group programs are reviewing the fire safety rules included in the chapter. The tentative date for the filing of the proposed rules for public comment is January 2004.
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 0, Amended 0, 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 10, Amended 36, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making:
Pilot Rule Making:
or Other Alternative Rule Making:
Effective Date of Rule: Immediately.
October 3, 2003
Brian H. Lindgren, Manager
Rules and Policies Assistance Unit
Reviser's note: The material contained in this filing exceeded the page-count limitations of WAC 1-21-040 for appearance in this issue of the Register. It will appear in the 03-22 issue of the Register.