WSR 06-23-100

EMERGENCY RULES

HEALTH CARE AUTHORITY


(Community Health Services)

[ Order 06-12 -- Filed November 16, 2006, 9:46 a.m. , effective November 16, 2006 ]


Effective Date of Rule: Immediately.

Purpose: The emergency rule will amend chapter 182-20 WAC and establish rules regarding the administration and implementation of the community health care collaborative grant program pursuant to E2SSB 6459, chapter 67, Laws of 2006. The rule will allow for community health services, under the direction of the administrator of the authority, to administer the program, determine eligibility, and allocate grant funds while the permanent rule-making process is underway.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 182-20-001.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 41.05.160, 41.05.220 and 41.05.230.

Other Authority: Chapter 67, Laws of 206 [2006].

Under RCW 34.05.350 the agency for good cause finds that immediate adoption, amendment, or repeal of a rule is necessary for the preservation of the public health, safety, or general welfare, and that observing the time requirements of notice and opportunity to comment upon adoption of a permanent rule would be contrary to the public interest.

Reasons for this Finding: The general welfare of the people of Washington requires that these rules become effective immediately in order to ensure the timely and appropriate distribution of grant funds. The rule provides for the legal procedure, notice, and for a fair and equitable means in which grant distribution decisions will be made.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 3, Amended 1, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Date Adopted: November 16, 2006.

Jason Siems

Rules Coordinator

OTS-9322.2


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order 00-06, filed 2/7/01, effective 3/10/01)

WAC 182-20-001   Purpose.   The purpose of this chapter is to establish procedures at the Washington state health care authority for determining eligibility and distribution of funds for:

(1) Medical, dental, and migrant services to community health clinics under section 214(3), chapter 19, Laws of 1989 1st ex. sess., including other state general fund appropriations for medical, dental, and migrant services in community health clinics since 1985; and

(2) Other grant programs assigned to the authority. The authority shall disburse grant awards to community-based organizations to develop innovative health care delivery models that address:

(a) Access to medical treatment;

(b) Efficient use of health care resources; or

(c) Improve quality of care.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.160. 01-04-080 (Order 00-06), 182-20-001, filed 2/7/01, effective 3/10/01. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040. 95-12-010, 182-20-001, filed 5/26/95, effective 6/26/95.]


NEW SECTION
WAC 182-20-600   Community health care collaborative program.   The community health care collaborative grant program was established July 1, 2006, to develop innovative health care delivery models. The funding covers a two-year cycle; half of the award to be distributed throughout the first year and the final half distributed throughout the second year upon evidence of successful program progress and achieving grant objectives, based upon available funding.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 182-20-610   Administration.   The authority is responsible for:

(1) Preaward development.

(a) Develop criteria for the selection of community-based organizations to receive grant funding;

(b) Develop equitable standards governing the granting of awards;

(c) Determine nature and format of the application and process.

(2) Award determinations.

(a) Consult with representatives, appointed by the secretary of the department of health, the assistant secretary of health and recovery services administration within the department of social and health services, and the office of the insurance commissioner to make recommendations for final applicant selection and grant determination;

(b) The administrator will review recommendations and make final determination based upon recommendations, funds available and utilization of resources to meet the goals of the program;

(c) Conduct on-site visits to ensure applicant's ability to achieve grant objectives and performance measures identified in the application;

(d) Contract with successful applicants; and

(e) Disburse grant funds according to program policy.

(3) Post-award actions.

(a) Review periodic progress reports from contractors;

(b) Conduct on-site visits of contractors to provide assistance and ensure compliance of grant objectives;

(c) Consult with representatives from department of health, the assistant secretary of health and recovery services administration within the department of social and health services, and office of the insurance commissioner, one year following initial disbursement, to make recommendations to administrator for disbursement of the second half of grant funds, based upon performance measures identified in the application and evidence of successful program progress and achieving grant objectives;

(d) The administrator will review and make final determination for grant disbursements; and

(e) Compile a report to the governor and legislature on July 1, 2008, which:

(i) Describes organizations and programs funded;

(ii) Describes and analyzes results achieved;

(iii) Makes recommendations for improvements to the program; and

(iv) Highlights best practices that can be replicated statewide.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 182-20-620   Application process.   (1) Eligibility.

(a) Applicants must provide the following in the application format prescribed by the authority:

(i) Evidence of private, nonprofit, tax exempt status incorporated in Washington state or public agency status under the jurisdiction of a local, county, or tribal government;

(ii) Evidence of the specific geographic region served and a formal collaborative governing structure by documentation that may include, but is not limited to:

(A) Bylaws;

(B) Agreements;

(C) Contracts;

(D) Memorandum of understanding;

(E) Minutes;

(F) Letters; or

(G) Other communications;

(iii) Amount of funds requested and how the dollars will be spent;

(iv) Data to evaluate program progress and grant objectives.

(b) Applicants will be evaluated competitively on their ability to:

(i) Address documented health care needs in the specific region served;

(ii) Engage key community members;

(iii) Show evidence of matching funds of at least two dollars for each grant dollar requested. All matching fund contributions, including cash and in-kind, shall meet the criteria determined by the administrator and included in the application guidelines;

(iv) Ability to meet the documented health care needs and address sustainability of programs;

(v) Show innovation in program approaches that could be replicated throughout the state;

(vi) Make efficient and cost-effective use of funds by simplifying administration affecting the health care delivery system;

(vii) Clearly describe size of organization, program objectives, and populations served; and

(viii) Meet the reporting requirements of the authority.

(c) Application access.

(i) The call for grant applications will be made by posting the announcement to the authority's official web site and by notification sent to interested parties.

(ii) To be placed on the interested parties distribution list, send contact information, including mailing and e-mail addresses to community health care collaboration at Washington State Health Care Authority, P.O. Box 42721, Olympia, Washington 98504-2721.

(2) The guidelines and application forms will be available on the authority's official web site and included with the published guidelines distributed by e-mail to those who request an application. The application will be available in hard copy and sent by United States mail upon request. Applications must be completed and submitted in the format and filed by the deadlines prescribed by the authority and published in the guidelines.

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