WSR 07-16-063

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH


(Board of Physical Therapy)

[ Filed July 26, 2007, 1:44 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Amending chapter 246-915 WAC regarding the licensing and supervision of physical therapist assistants.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 18.74.023, ESSB 5292 (chapter 98, Laws of 2007).

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: ESSB 5292 (chapter 98, Laws of 2007) passed during the 2007 legislative session. The new legislation expands the regulation of physical therapy to include licensure for physical therapist assistants (PTAs). The legislation requires the board to revise the existing physical therapy rules to include licensure requirements for PTAs and may include restructuring existing rules or adding new sections for PTAs.

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 by contacting Department of Health, Board of Physical Therapy, Kris Waidely, Program Manager, P.O. Box 47867, Olympia, WA 98504-7867, (360) 236-4847, fax (360) 644-9077, kris.waidely@doh.wa.gov.

July 24, 2007

Kris Waidely

Program Manager

Washington State Code Reviser's Office