WSR 07-21-078

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Health and Recovery Services Administration)

(Mental Health Division)

[ Filed October 16, 2007, 11:09 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Certifying crisis stabilization units (new), chapter 388-865 WAC.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: Chapter 375, Laws of 2007 (SSB 5533); RCW 71.05.020 and 71.24.035.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The 2007 legislature passed a provision (SSB 5533) requiring the department to certify crisis stabilization units that meet minimum standards.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: Department of health is required under SSB 5533 to license the crisis stabilization units. The mental health division will coordinate the development of this rule with DOH.

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.

October 16, 2007

Stephanie E. Schiller

Rules Coordinator

Washington State Code Reviser's Office