WSR 11-02-033

EMERGENCY RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Aging and Disability Services Administration)

[ Filed December 29, 2010, 1:49 p.m. , effective January 1, 2011 ]


Effective Date of Rule: January 1, 2011.

Purpose: The purpose of the new language in chapters 388-71, 388-112, 388-829A and 388-829C WAC is to implement and clarify the training requirements and the criminal history background check requirements as directed in chapter 74.39A RCW.

Chapter 74.39A RCW requires training for long-term care workers which includes seventy-five hours of entry-level training and also requires federal and state criminal history background checks for all long-term care workers. This law increases the basic training hour requirements for long-term care workers from thirty-two hours to seventy-five hours and increases their continuing education hour requirement from ten to twelve hours annually.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 388-71-05665 through 388-71-05905, 388-112-0025, 388-112-0030, 388-112-0050, 388-112-0060, 388-112-0065, 388-112-0080, 388-112-0085, 388-112-0090, 388-112-0095, 388-112-0100, 388-112-0105, 388-112-0245, 388-112-02610 - 388-112-02630, and 388-112-0375; and amending WAC 388-71-0500, 388-71-0505, 388-71-0510, 388-71-0513, 388-71-0515, 388-71-0520, 388-71-0540, 388-71-0546, 388-71-0551, 388-71-0560, 388-112-0001, 388-112-0005, 388-112-0010, 388-112-0015, 388-112-0035, 388-112-0040, 388-112-0045, 388-112-0055, 388-112-0070, 388-112-0075, 388-112-0110, 388-112-0115, 388-112-0120, 388-112-0125, 388-112-0130, 388-112-0135, 388-112-0140, 388-112-0145, 388-112-0150, 388-112-0155, 388-112-0160, 388-112-0165, 388-112-0195, 388-112-0200, 388-112-0205, 388-112-0210, 388-112-0220, 388-112-0225, 388-112-0230, 388-112-0235, 388-112-0240, 388-112-0255, 388-112-0260, 388-112-0270, 388-112-0295, 388-112-0300, 388-112-0315, 388-112-0320, 388-112-0325, 388-112-0330, 388-112-0335, 388-112-0340, 388-112-0345, 388-112-0350, 388-112-0355, 388-112-0360, 388-112-0365, 388-112-0370, 388-112-0380, 388-112-0385, 388-112-0390, 388-112-0395, 388-112-0405, 388-112-0410, 388-829A-050, and 388-829C-040.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 74.08.090, 74.09.520; Washington state 2009-11 budget (ESHB 1244, section 206(5)).

Under RCW 34.05.350 the agency for good cause finds that state or federal law or federal rule or a federal deadline for state receipt of federal funds requires immediate adoption of a rule.

Reasons for this Finding: Emergency adoption of these rules is necessary in order to comply with state law which requires implementation of these training rules by January 1, 2011. These rules were to be adopted by August 1, 2010. However, given the significant number of stakeholder comments received after the CR-102 hearing, the department needed to fully vet the additional comments and thus the rules could not be adopted by August 1, 2010. They must now be adopted as emergency rules in order to comply with the January 1, 2011, legislatively-mandated date for implementation.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 83, Amended 67, Repealed 74.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 83, Amended 67, Repealed 74.

Date Adopted: December 17, 2010.

Katherine I. Vasquez

Rules Coordinator

Reviser's note: The material contained in this filing exceeded the page-count limitations of WAC 1-21-040 for appearance in this issue of the Register. It will appear in the 11-04 issue of the Register.

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