WSR 09-16-103

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Economic Services Administration)

[ Filed August 4, 2009, 12:08 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: The community services division, economic services administration, is proposing to revise WAC 388-422-0005 What happens to my child, spousal and medical support when I get public assistance?, to clarify the effective date of assignment of child support rights, and related matters.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74.04.057, 74.08.090, and 74.20.330.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The current WAC language leads to confusion on the part of field staff. We will propose some simple changes to clarify the intent of the policy and support the assignment policy under RCW 74.20.330.

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 Tom Berry, Policy Analyst/Program Manager, Community Services Division, ESA, 712 Pear Street S.E., Olympia, WA 98504-5470, phone (360) 725-4617, fax (360) 725-4905, e-mail berrytj@dshs.wa.gov.

August 4, 2009

Don Goldsby, Manager

Rules and Policies Assistance Unit

Washington State Code Reviser's Office