WSR 06-20-076

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH


[ Filed October 2, 2006, 8:28 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 246-12-XXX Retired volunteer medical worker license, the department will be developing rules to implement the new retired volunteer medical worker license category created by legislation passed during the 2006 session.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: Chapter 18.130 RCW, RCW 43.70.250 and chapter 72, Laws of 2006 (ESHB 1850).

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: ESHB 1850, passed in 2006, requires the department of health to create rules to establish enforceable standards for this new license category. The department is required by legislation to create rules regarding requirements and procedures for obtaining a retired volunteer medical worker license and continued competency requirements for renewing the license. The rules may also identify who can supervise the retired medical worker.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: The Washington state military department (WSMD) provides guidance and regulations for local emergency organizations. The department will be notifying WSMD of all rule-making activities and opportunities to comment on draft rule language. The department will also identify and include other agencies that may be interested in the rule, such as local emergency management organizations, the Medical Reserve Corps, the Washington State Emergency Management Association, local health jurisdictions, and local fire and police departments.

Process for Developing New Rule: Collaborative.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication. Interested parties may get additional information, join an interested parties list or submit comments by contacting Tami Thompson, Health Policy Manager, P.O. Box 47860, Olympia, WA 98504-7860, phone (360) 236-4603, fax (360) 236-4626, or e-mail tami.thompson@doh.wa.gov.

September 26, 2006

B. White

for M. C. Selecky

Secretary

Washington State Code Reviser's Office