WSR 11-09-067

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Aging and Adult Services Administration)

(Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery)

[ Filed April 19, 2011, 10:41 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: The department is developing a new chapter 388-877 WAC for the purposes of implementing an integrated behavioral health rule.

The department may adopt other new rules or amend other rules as necessary.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: Chapters 70.02, 70.96A, 71.05, 71.24, 71.34, 74.50 RCW, RCW 43.20A.890, 74.08.090, 42 C.F.R. Part 8.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The new rules will allow DBHR-licensed and/or DBHR-certified agencies that treat patients with substance abuse, gambling, and/or mental health conditions to meet one set of rules rather than multiple sets of rules. Other policy changes on these subjects may be incorporated into this rule making; other WAC chapters may need to be updated as a result of this rule making.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.

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 Kathy Sayre, DBHR Rules Manager, P.O. Box 45330, Olympia, WA 98504-5330, phone (360) 725-1342, fax (360) 586-0341, TTY 1-800-848-5429, e-mail kathy.sayre@dshs.wa.gov.

April 15, 2011

Katherine I. Vasquez

Rules Coordinator

Washington State Code Reviser's Office