WSR 05-09-084



(Aging and Disability Services Administration)

[ Filed April 19, 2005, 3:53 p.m. ]

     Original Notice.

     Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 04-23-103.

     Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: Adopting new chapter 388-824 WAC, Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) assessment process.

     Hearing Location(s): Blake Office Park East (behind Goodyear Courtesy Tire), Rose Room, 4500 10th Avenue S.E., Lacey, WA, on June 7, 2005, at 10:00 a.m.

     Date of Intended Adoption: Not earlier than June 8, 2005.

     Submit Written Comments to: DSHS Rules Coordinator, P.O. Box 45850, Olympia, WA 98504, delivery 4500 10th Avenue S.E., Lacey, WA, e-mail, fax (360) 664-6185, by 5:00 p.m., June 7, 2005.

     Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Andy Fernando, DSHS Rules Coordinator, by June 3, 2005, TTY (360) 664-6178 or (360) 664-6097.

     Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: The purpose of these rules is to govern and support the implementation of DDD's new mini-assessment and information and referral requirements. DDD plans to implement these rules effective September 15, 2005. Adoption of these rules will help promote consistent application and understanding of the division's client assessment processes. This new chapter:

Describes the purpose of the mini-assessment and who receives a mini-assessment;
Defines "level of need" groups and how the mini-assessment assigns clients to a level of need group; and
Identifies how clients are referred to receive a full assessment.

     Reasons Supporting Proposal: In June 2003, the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee (JLARC) recommended that DSHS develop an assessment process for developmentally disabled clients designed to be consistently applied, to all clients, in all parts of the state.

     Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 71A.12.030.

     Statute Being Implemented: Chapters 71A.12, 71A.10 RCW.

     Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.

     Name of Proponent: Department of Social and Health Services, governmental.

     Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting: John Gaskell, 640 Woodland Square Loop S.E., Lacey, WA 98504-5600, P.O. Box 45600, Olympia, WA 98504-5600, e-mail, (360) 725-2517, fax (360) 407-0955; Implementation and Enforcement: Don Clintsman, 640 Woodland Square Loop S.E., Lacey, WA 98504-5600, P.O. Box 45600, Olympia, WA 98504-5600, e-mail, (360) 725-3421, fax (360) 407-0955.

     No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. DDD has determined that these rules do not affect small businesses.

     A cost-benefit analysis is required under RCW 34.05.328. A preliminary cost-benefit analysis may be obtained by contacting Bob Beckman, 640 Woodland Square Loop S.E., Lacey, WA 98504-5600, P.O. Box 45600, Olympia, WA 98504-5600, phone (360) 725-2490, fax (360) 407-0955, e-mail

April 13, 2005

Andy Fernando, 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 05-10 issue of the Register.

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