WSR 06-11-080

PERMANENT RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Children's Administration)

[ Filed May 16, 2006, 4:21 p.m. , effective June 16, 2006 ]


Effective Date of Rule: Thirty-one days after filing.

Purpose: This revision removes restrictions on the amount of time that contracted family crisis counselors may be engaged in service with families that has proven effective in strengthening families and preventing out-of-home placements. Additionally, the revision removes a maximum hourly service limit on counselors under the same circumstances.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 388-32-0030.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 13.32A.040, 74.13.031, and 74.08.090.

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 06-08-094 on April 4, 2006.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.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: May 12, 2003 [2006].

Andy Fernando, Manager

Rules and Policies Assistance Unit

3645.2
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 03-19-051, filed 9/11/03, effective 9/11/03)

WAC 388-32-0030   What FRS services does the department provide?   The assigned social worker provides services to develop skills and supports within families to resolve family conflicts, achieve a reconciliation between parent and child, and to avoid out-of-home placement. The services may include, but are not limited to, referral to services for suicide prevention, psychiatric or other medical care, or psychological, financial, legal, educational, or other social services, as appropriate to the needs of the child and family. Typically FRS is limited to a ninety-day period. Children's administration (CA) provides intake/assessment services (IAS).

(1) ((The children's administration's (CA) central intake provides intake services.)) Youth and/or their families who call or self-present at children's administration central intake or a local ((DCFS)) office requesting FRS services ((shall)) must be provided assistance in contacting the appropriate children's administration's intake services to make a formal request for FRS services.

(((2))) (a) The FRS social worker must contact the family within twenty-four hours of their assignment to the case, to schedule an appointment to begin the phase I family interview process. These FRS phase I sessions are intended to defuse the immediate potential for violence, assess problems, and explore options leading to problem resolution.

(((3))) (b) CA or its contractors may provide FRS phase II crisis counseling services ((for up to forty-five days)).

(((4))) (2) Families eligible for FRS phase II crisis counseling are those who, in the opinion of the family and the CA social worker, require more intensive services than those provided through phase I services.

(((5))) (a) Families must make a commitment to participate in the FRS phase II crisis counseling service and must not concurrently be receiving similar counseling services through other agencies or practitioners. At a minimum, there must be a parent and a child willing to participate. FRS phase II Crisis Counseling assists the family to develop skills and supports in order to resolve conflicts.

(((6))) (b) FRS phase II crisis counseling services may not exceed twelve hours within forty-five days unless it is provided using a CA approved model that is based on research demonstrating effectiveness.

(c) The assigned counselor helps the family develop skills and supports to resolve conflicts. The counselor may refer to resources including medical, legal, ongoing counseling and CPS for problem resolution.

(((a) FRS phase II crisis counseling may not be extended for either additional days or additional hours, except by an exception-to-policy waiver signed by the area administrator.

(b))) (d) FRS phase II crisis counseling services are available a maximum of twice in a lifetime for any one family. The family must include a parent/guardian who has legal custody of the youth.

[Statutory Authority: Chapter 13.32A RCW, RCW 74.08.090, 74.13.031, 2002 c 371. 03-19-051, 388-32-0030, filed 9/11/03, effective 9/11/03. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.13.031. 01-08-047, 388-32-0030, filed 3/30/01, effective 4/30/01.]

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