WSR 08-05-041

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Economic Services Administration)

[ Filed February 13, 2008, 3:00 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: The division of employment and assistance programs is proposing to amend WAC 388-310-2100 WorkFirst career services, in order to allow adults who receive diversion cash assistance (DCA) and are working thirty or more hours per week to enroll in the WorkFirst career services program. The WorkFirst career services program provides up to six months of basic needs payments, wage progression services and job retention services.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 74.04.050 and 74.04.055.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: This rule change is needed to offer WorkFirst career services to employed adults who receive diversion cash assistance. Currently, only families who exit TANF/SFA are eligible for the WorkFirst career services program. The program is administered by the employment security department (ESD).

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: ESD.

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 Jenny Egan Grayum, Program Manager, Division of Employment and Assistance Programs, P.O. Box 45470, Olympia, WA 98504-5470, phone (360) 725-4583, fax (360) 413-3293, e-mail grayuje@dshs.wa.gov.

February 13, 2008

Stephanie E. Schiller

Rules Coordinator

Washington State Code Reviser's Office