WSR 10-10-075

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Aging and Disability Services Administration)

[ Filed May 3, 2010, 8:52 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: The department is amending the rules of chapter 388-825 WAC to include information on the early and periodic screening diagnosis and treatment (EPSDT) program eligibility. The division's WAC does not currently include eligibility requirements for this program. The department is also making general housekeeping and clarification of eligibility for the division's services that will be easier for our clients to understand.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 71A.12.030.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The division of developmental disabilities is opening chapter 388-825 WAC in order to add clarifying language regarding voluntary services available to clients of the division. The division is also adding language regarding the availability of the EPSDT process program to our clients. The division also plans to make some general housekeeping changes to this chapter.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: The EPSDT program is a federal preventive health care benefit. Access to and services for EPSDT are governed by federal rules at 42 C.F.R., Part 441, Subpart B.

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 Meredith Kelly by mail at 640 Woodland Square Loop S.E., Olympia, WA 98504, phone (360) 725-3524, fax (360) 407-0955, TTY 1-800-833-6388, e-mail kellymj@dshs.wa.gov.

April 26, 2010

Katherine I. Vasquez

Rules Coordinator

Washington State Code Reviser's Office