WSR 07-16-089

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration)

[ Filed July 30, 2007, 3:33 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: The department is amending WAC 388-740-0070 Confinement and possible other sections in chapter 388-740 WAC.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 13.40.210 as amended by chapter 203, Laws of 2007 (SSB 5243).

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The department is amending these rules to implement section 1(4)(b), chapter 203, Laws of 2007 of SSB 5243, by defining behavior which may be cause for the secretary to modify parole and return a juvenile sex offender to confinement for up to twenty-four weeks.

The department is also incorporating guidelines and certain existing juvenile rehabilitation administration (JRA) parole standards in current rule which implement RCW 13.40.210 (4)(a)(iv), (v) and (vi) which authorizes the secretary to return certain juvenile sex offenders committed to JRA or basic training camp graduates to confinement for the remainder of his or her sentence.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: JRA will coordinate with the office of administrative hearings during the rule-making process.

Process for Developing New Rule: The department invites the interested public to review and provide input on the draft language of this rule. Draft material and information about how to participate may be obtained from the department representative listed below.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Kecia Rongen, Sex Offender Administrator/CF Liaison, Office Building 2, 1115 Washington Street, Olympia, WA 90504-5720 [98504-5720], mailstop 5720, rongekl@dshs.wa.gov, phone (360) 902-7952, fax (360) 902-8108, TTY 1-800-586-0609.

July 26, 2007

Stephanie E. Schiller

Rules Coordinator

Washington State Code Reviser's Office