WSR 05-19-123

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Aging and Disability Services Administration)

[ Filed September 20, 2005, 4:26 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Creating a new chapter 388-828 WAC for the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD), full assessment and revising other related rules as appropriate. (Note: This preproposal statement of inquiry replaces the one filed as WSR 05-17-138 on August 19, 2005.)

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 71A.12.030.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: 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. Part of developing this assessment process includes defining requirements for administering a newly developed full-assessment to DDD eligible clients.

Rules are needed in WAC to govern and support the implementation of the full-assessment requirements. Adoption of these rules will help promote consistent application and understanding of the division's full-assessment process. As needed, the department may revise other related DDD rules to support implementation of the full assessment.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.

Process for Developing New Rule: At a later date, the department will file proposed rules and a proposed rule-making notice for publication in the Washington State Register, invite public comments, and hold a public hearing. The proposal will be sent to everyone on the mailing list to receive rule-making notices on this subject, and to anyone who requests the proposal.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Mark R. Eliason, Policy Manager, DDD Assessment Project, P.O. Box 45310, Olympia, WA 98504-5310, phone (360) 725-2517, fax (360) 407-09055 [407-0955], e-mail eliasmr2@dshs.wa.gov.

September 19, 2005

Andy Fernando, Manager

Rules and Policies Assistance Unit

Washington State Code Reviser's Office