WSR 07-03-149

PROPOSED RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Economic Services Administration)

[ Filed January 23, 2007, 3:00 p.m. ]

Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 06-24-006.

Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: WAC 388-478-0015 Need standards for cash assistance.

Hearing Location(s): Blake Office Park East, Rose Room, 4500 10th Avenue S.E., Lacey, WA 98503 (one block north of the intersection of Pacific Avenue S.E. and Alhadeff Lane. A map or directions are available at http://www1.dshs.wa.gov/msa/rpau/docket.html or by calling (360) 664-6097), on February 27, 2007, at 10:00 a.m.

Date of Intended Adoption: Not earlier than February 28, 2007.

Submit Written Comments to: DSHS Rules Coordinator, P.O. Box 45850, Olympia, WA 98504, delivery 4500 10th Avenue S.E., Lacey, WA 98503, e-mail schilse@dshs.wa.gov, fax (360) 664-6185, by 5:00 p.m. on February 27, 2007.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Stephanie Schiller, DSHS Rules Consultant, by February 23, 2007, TTY (360) 664-6178 or (360) 664-6097 or by e-mail at schilse@dshs.wa.gov.

Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: This rule is being amended to revise basic need standards for cash assistance.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: RCW 74.04.770 requires the department to annually establish consolidated standards of need. A forecast of basic needs costs for 2007 is being used to establish new basic needs standards.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74.04.057, 74.04.770, and 74.08.090.

Statute Being Implemented: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74.04.057, 74.04.770, and 74.08.090.

Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.

Name of Proponent: Department of social and health services, governmental.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting, Implementation and Enforcement: Jenny Grayum, 1009 College S.E., Lacey, WA 98504, (360) 725-4583.

No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. This proposed rule does not have an economic impact on small businesses, it only affects DSHS clients by outlining the rules clients must meet in order to be eligible for the department's cash assistance or food benefits programs.

A cost-benefit analysis is not required under RCW 34.05.328. These amendments are exempt as allowed under RCW 34.05.328 (5)(b)(vii) which states in-part, "This section does not apply to... rules of the department of social and health services relating only to client medical or financial eligibility and rules concerning liability for care of dependents."

January 19, 2007

Jim Schnellman, Chief

Office of Administrative Resources

3815.1
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 06-05-102, filed 2/14/06, effective 3/17/06)

WAC 388-478-0015   Need standards for cash assistance.   The need standards for cash assistance units are:

(1) For assistance units with obligation to pay shelter costs:


Assistance Unit Size Need Standard
1 $ ((989)) 1,016
2 (( 1,251)) 1,285
3 (( 1,545)) 1,587
4 ((1,823)) 1,873
5 ((2,101)) 2,158
6 ((2,379)) 2,444
7 (( 2,749)) 2,825
8 ((3,043)) 3,126
9 (( 3,336)) 3,428
10 or more ((3,630)) 3,729

(2) For assistance units with shelter provided at no cost:


Assistance Unit Size Need Standard
1 $ ((528)) 546
2 ((668)) 691
3 ((825)) 853
4 (( 973)) 1,007
5 ((1,122)) 1,161
6 ((1,270)) 1,314
7 ((1,468)) 1,519
8 ((1,625)) 1,681
9 ((1,782)) 1,843
10 or more ((1,939)) 2,005

[Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74.04.057, 74.08.090. 06-05-102, 388-478-0015, filed 2/14/06, effective 3/17/06. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74.04.057, 74.04.770, and 74.08.090. 05-22-077 and 05-23-012, 388-478-0015, filed 10/31/05 and 11/4/05, effective 1/1/06; 05-01-074, 388-478-0015, filed 12/9/04, effective 1/9/05. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.770, 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74.04.057. 03-24-059, 388-478-0015, filed 12/1/03, effective 1/1/04; 03-23-116, 388-478-0015, filed 11/18/03, effective 12/19/03. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.08.090, 74.04.510, and 74.04.770. 02-23-029, 388-478-0015, filed 11/12/02, effective 12/1/02. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74.04.057, 74.08.090, and 74.04.200. 01-11-108, 388-478-0015, filed 5/21/01, effective 7/1/01. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.200. 99-04-056, 388-478-0015, filed 1/29/99, effective 3/1/99. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74.04.057 and 74.08.090. 98-16-044, 388-478-0015, filed 7/31/98, effective 9/1/98.]

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