WSR 07-17-142

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Health and Recovery Services Administration)

[ Filed August 21, 2007, 8:26 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: The department is amending chapter 388-865 WAC to establish certification requirements for "clubhouses."

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 71.24.025, 71.24.035, and chapter 414, Laws of 2007 (EHB 1217).

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The 2007 legislature passed a provision (chapter 414, Laws of 2007) requiring the department to certify "clubhouses" that meet minimum standards. Clubhouses are community-based programs that provide rehabilitative mental health services.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: The state division of vocational rehabilitation (DVR) has standards in rule requiring that clubhouses contracting to provide vocational evaluation, job placement, or transitional employment services be certified by the International Center for Clubhouse Development. The mental health division will coordinate the development of this rule with DVR.

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. At a later date, DSHS will file a proposal with the office of the code reviser with a notice of proposed rule making. A copy of the proposal will be sent to everyone on the mailing list and to anyone who requests a copy.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Kevin Sullivan, HRSA Rules Coordinator, P.O. Box 45504, Olympia, WA 98504-5504, phone (360) 725-1344, fax (360) 586-9727, TTY 1-800-848-5429, e-mail sullikm@dshs.wa.gov.

August 21, 2007

Katherine D. Vasquez, Manager

Rules and Policies Assistance Unit

Washington State Code Reviser's Office