WSR 10-04-112

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Aging and Disability Services Administration)

[ Filed February 3, 2010, 11:09 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: The department is considering amending or adding new rules to chapter 388-101 WAC, Certified community residential services and supports: WAC 388-101-3000 Definitions, 388-101-3200 Staffing requirements, 388-101-3230 Group homes, 388-101-3240 Policies and procedures, 388-101-3250 Background checks, 388-101-3260 Staff training, 388-101-3270 Staff training before working alone with clients, 388-101-3280 Staff training within four weeks of employment, 388-101-3290 Staff training within six months of employment, 388-101-3300 Staff training to be current, and 388-101-4000 Community protection -- Staff training, and other related rules as appropriate.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 71A.12.080.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The department is amending these rules and adding new sections to implement chapters 74.39A and 18.88B RCW as codified from Initiative Measure No. 1029 and E2SHB 2284, chapter 361, Laws of 2007.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: The department of health and Washington state patrol will be included in the rule development process and will have the opportunity to review and comment on these WACs before they are finalized.

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 John Gaskell, Program Manager, Residential Care Services, P.O. Box 45600, Olympia, WA 98504-5600, phone (360) 725-3210, fax (360) 438-7903, e-mail gaskejw@dshs.wa.gov. Draft section language will be posted on the ADSA professional internet web page for review and comment prior to filing the CR-102. Anyone from the public can comment directly to the program manager listed above via phone, e-mail, or fax. Interested parties and stakeholders can participate by accessing and commenting on the draft proposed rule language at http://www.adsa.dshs.wa.gov/professional/crs.htm through e-mail, fax or direct contact with the program manager.

February 3, 2010

Don Goldsby, Manager

Rules and Policies Assistance Unit

Washington State Code Reviser's Office