WSR 05-23-028

PERMANENT RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Economic Services Administration)

[ Filed November 8, 2005, 1:21 p.m. , effective December 9, 2005 ]


Purpose: The department is amending WAC 388-437-0001 Disaster food stamp program, to improve clarity in describing the disaster food stamp program.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 388-437-0001.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74.04.057, 74.08.090.

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 05-18-065 on September 6, 2005.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.

Date Adopted: November 4, 2005.

Andy Fernando, Manager

Rules and Policies Assistance Unit

3596.1
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 98-16-044, filed 7/31/98, effective 9/1/98)

WAC 388-437-0001   Disaster food stamp program.   (1) ((Assistance units that suffer a loss as a result of a federally declared disaster may receive disaster food stamp benefits.

(2) Food and nutrition services (FNS) must approve use of this program when a disaster is declared)) In the event of a disaster, the department works with the United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) to change some requirements for the Washington Basic Food program and help ensure that people in a disaster area have access to food. This is known as the Disaster Food Stamp Program.

(2) If the President of the United States has declared a portion of the state as a federal disaster area, we ask FNS to allow use of the Disaster Food Stamp Program for the areas impacted by the disaster. Both of the following conditions must be met:

(a) People's normal access to buy food has been disrupted; and

(b) These commercial channels have since been restored with reasonable access and sufficient food supplies as determined by FNS.

(3) The department will implement any Disaster Food Stamp Program as approved by FNS.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74.04.057 and 74.08.090. 98-16-044, 388-437-0001, filed 7/31/98, effective 9/1/98.]