PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration)
Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 388-720 WAC, Collection of costs of support, treatment, and confinement of juveniles under RCW 13.40.220.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 13.40.220(3).
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: This rule has not been updated since 2004. It is necessary to revise this rule to more accurately reflect: (1) Current gross personal income levels used to calculate obligation to reimburse the department, and (2) current costs of institutional care for juveniles in legal custody of the department.
Other anticipated changes are intended to: (1) Clarify rule language, (2) allow use of additional information available to the department in establishing financial obligation, (3) revise percentage base of gross income to calculations of reimbursement obligation, (4) apply federal poverty guidelines to reimbursement calculations, and to (5) establish periodic recalculation of residential care cost, removing fixed cost of care from rule.
We may also propose to revise the title of the rule to reflect language of RCW 13.40.220.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: No other federal or state agencies regulate this subject.
Process for Developing New Rule: Agency study: 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 Lee Mosley, Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration, phone (360) 902-8092, fax (360) 902-8108, TTY 1-800-833-6388, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; or Pat Buker, Office of Financial Recovery, Financial Services Administration, phone (360) 664-5473, fax (360) 664-5701, TTY 1-800-833-6388, interpreter line 1-800-552-2334, e-mail BUKERP@dshs.wa.gov.
December 15, 2008
Stephanie E. Schiller