WSR 07-24-004



(Health and Recovery Services Administration)

[ Filed November 26, 2007, 11:33 a.m. ]

     Subject of Possible Rule Making: The division of alcohol and substance abuse is amending certification requirements for chemical dependency service providers in chapter 388-805 WAC.

     Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 70.96A.040 and 70.96A.090.

     Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The department is:

Amending sections that refer to definitions, opiate treatment program certification, maintaining agency certification, suspending or revoking certification, agency administrator requirements and manual, personnel file, agency clinical manual, patients' rights, and opiate substitution medical management.
Adding screening and brief intervention as a new certified type of chemical dependency treatment service.
Adding language to assessment requirements for persons subject to driving under the influence (DUI) or physical control (PC) of a motor vehicle while impaired.
Adding provision of reporting deaths of patients participating in opiate substitution treatment services.
Amending sections for a clinical supervisor and chemical dependency professional supervision.
Adding new language as appropriate.

     Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: The federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration also regulates opioid treatment programs, and they will be notified of the change in WAC requirements affecting opiate substitution treatment programs.

     Process for Developing New Rule: DSHS welcomes the public to take part in developing the rules. Anyone interested should contact the staff person identified 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 Deb Cummins, Certification Policy Manager, Division of Alcohol and Substance Abuse, P.O. Box 45330, Olympia, WA 98504-5330, phone (360) 725-3716 or toll free 1-877-301-4557, fax (360) 438-8057, TTY Relay Operator 1-800-833-6388 (or 1-800-833-6384 for voice line), e-mail

November 26, 2007

Stephanie E. Schiller

Rules Coordinator

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