WSR 06-09-084

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Aging and Disability Services Administration)

[ Filed April 18, 2006, 4:18 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: The department is considering amending chapter 388-76 WAC, Adult family homes minimum licensing requirements.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 70.128.040.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The department is considering amending chapter 388-76 WAC to simplify language, eliminate question and answer format, reorganize and renumber the chapter, clarify issues that have been brought to the attention of the department, and update rules to comply with statute changes.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: The department of community, trade and economic development (DCTED) adopts rules amending the International Residential Code as they pertain to adult family homes; department of health (DOH) adopts rules relating to medication administration, infectious diseases and medical professional standards; department of labor and industries (L&I) regulates worker safety and training issues; Washington state patrol (WSP) regulates criminal background checks. DCTED, DOH, L&I and WSP 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 should contact the staff person identified below. At a later date, DSHS will file a proposal with the office of the code reviser with a notice of proposed rule making. A copy of the proposal will be sent to everyone on the mailing list and to anyone who requests a copy.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Roger A. Woodside, Program Manager, Department of Social and Health Services, Residential Care Services, Aging and Disability Services Administration, P.O. Box 45600, Olympia, WA 98504-5600, phone (360) 725-3204, fax (360) 438-7903, TTY (877) 905-0454, e-mail woodsr@dshs.wa.gov.

Public meetings have been scheduled to obtain input from stakeholders for consideration. The meetings are scheduled from 9:00 a.m. to noon on May 30, 2006, Seattle, Region 4 DSHS/ADSA Office (King County); on May 31, 2006, Vancouver, American Legion Post 14, 4607 N.E. Street, James Road; on June 5, 2006, Arlington, Region 3 DSHS/ADSA Office, 3906 172nd Street N.E., #100; on June 8, 2006, Yakima, Yakima Regional Medical Center, 110 South 9th Avenue; on June 9, 2006, Spokane, Sacred Heart Medical Center, 101 West Eighth Avenue; on June 13, 2006, Tacoma, Tacoma DSHS/ADSA Office, Centennial Building, 1940 South State Street.

Additional public meetings may be held if necessary.

April 17, 2006

Andy Fernando, Manager

Rules and Policies Assistance Unit

Washington State Code Reviser's Office