WSR 06-11-090

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH


[ Filed May 17, 2006, 11:50 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 246-843 WAC, Nursing home administrators, the board of nursing home administrators is considering developing rules that will define sexual misconduct for nursing home administrators. The board will also consider establishing sanctions for practitioners who engage in sexual misconduct.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 18.130.050 and 18.52.061.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Currently, there are no rules defining sexual misconduct for nursing home administrators. Rules would help assure clear and consistent definitions of sexual misconduct and appropriate sanctions for individuals who engage in sexual misconduct.

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

Process for Developing New Rule: Collaborative rule making.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication. Public meetings will be held in both eastern and western Washington. Written comments may be sent to Kendra Pitzler, P.O. Box 47864, Olympia, WA 98504-7864, (360) 236-4723, fax (360) 236-4738 or e-mail to kendra.pitzler@doh.wa.gov.

May 15, 2006

Susan Quigley, Chair

Board of Nursing Home Administrators

Washington State Code Reviser's Office