PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Health and Recovery Services Administration)
Subject of Possible Rule Making: The Division of Alcohol and Substance Abuse is amending certification requirements for chemical dependency treatment service providers in chapter 388-805 WAC.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 70.96A.040 and 2004 legislation, chapter 166, Laws of 2004.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: To meet the requirements of chapters 70 and 504, Laws of 2005 and chapter 166, Laws of 2004, the department is amending the sections that refer to clinical manual content, administrative manual, assessment requirements, patient record content, and education, referral, and application criteria for opiate substitution treatment programs, and adding new language as appropriate.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: The federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration also regulates opioid treatment programs, and they will be notified of the change in chapter 388-805 WAC requirements affecting opiate substitution treatment programs.
Process for Developing New Rule: DSHS invites the interested public to review and provide input on the development of these rules. Draft material and information about how to participate may be obtained by contacting the department representative below.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Deb Cummins, Certification Policy Manager, Division of Alcohol and Substance Abuse, P.O. Box 45330, Olympia, WA 98504-5330, phone (360) 725-3726 or toll free 1-877-301-4557, fax (360) 438-8057, TTY relay operator 1-800-833-6388 or 1-800-833-6384 for voice line.
August 23, 2005
Andy Fernando, Manager
Rules and Policies Assistance Unit