WSR 05-10-085

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Aging and Disability Services Administration)

[ Filed May 3, 2005, 4:08 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: The department is considering amending the following sections of chapter 388-78A WAC, Boarding homes: WAC 388-78A-2020 Definitions, 388-78A-2280 Medication organizers, 388-78A-2520 Administrator qualifications, 388-78A-2940 Two-way intercom systems, and 388-78A-2960 Sewage and liquid waste disposal. Additionally, the department is considering clarifying the following sections: WAC 388-78A-2050, 388-78A-2260, 388-78A-2270, 388-78A-2300, 388-78A-2340, 388-78A-2360, 388-78A-2470, 388-78A-2480, 388-78A-2490, 388-78A-2500, 388-78A-2510, 388-78A-2700, 388-78A-2840, 388-78A-2910, 388-78A-2930, and other necessary sections that may be identified as requiring clarification.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 18.20.090.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The department is considering amending the identified sections of chapter 388-78A WAC to allow greater flexibility for boarding homes wanting to provide adult day care; to permit an expanded use of medication organizers; to increase training options for administrators; to provide greater flexibility regarding the use of intercom systems; to eliminate the requirement for new installation of grease interceptors in existing construction; and to clarify other sections.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: Washington State Department of Health is responsible for the review of construction plans through construction review services. The Department of Health will be asked to comment on draft and proposed rules that might affect relevant subjects.

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 Denny McKee, Program Manager, Residential Care Services, Aging and Disability Services Administration, P.O. Box 45600, Olympia, WA 98504-5600, phone (360) 725-2590, fax (360) 438-7903, TTY (877) 905-0454, e-mail mckeedd@dshs.wa.gov. A public meeting will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., on Tuesday, June 14, 2005, in the Rose Room of the Blake East Office Building, 4500 10th Avenue S.E., Lacey, WA 98503 to discuss the amendments under consideration and to solicit input from stakeholders. Contact Denny McKee if you need driving directions to this meeting.

May 3, 2005

Andy Fernando, Manager

Rules and Policies Assistance Unit

Washington State Code Reviser's Office