WSR 11-13-094

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Aging and Disability Services)

[ Filed June 20, 2011, 1:33 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: The department is considering amending or repealing the following sections, and possibly adding new sections in chapter 388-78A WAC, Boarding home licensing rules: WAC 388-78A-2020 Definitions, 388-78A-2030 Applicability, 388-78A-2463 Background check -- National fingerprint checks, 388-78A-2750 Application process, 388-78A-2800 Changes in licensed bed capacity, 388-78A-3230 Fees, 388-78A-2461 Background check -- General, 388-78A-2467 Background check -- Sharing by health care facilities, 388-78A-2474 Training and home care aide certification, 388-78A-2130 Service agreement planning, 388-78A-2780 Change in license/change of ownership -- Notice to department and residents, and other related rules as appropriate.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: Chapter 18.20 RCW.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The department is amending the boarding home rules to comply with and be consistent with ESSB 5708 Long-term care services, SSB 5042 Vulnerable adults -- Protection, ESHB 1277 Oversight of licensed or certified long-term care settings for vulnerable adults, ESHB 1548 Long-term care worker requirements, and 2E2SHB 1738 Changing the designation of the medicaid single state agency.

Process for Developing New Rule: DSHS welcomes the public to take part in developing the rules. 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 Judy Johnson, Program Manager, Residential Care Services, P.O. Box 45600, Olympia, WA 98504-5600, phone (360) 725-2591, fax (360) 438-7903, e-mail johnsjm1@dshs.wa.gov. Draft section language will be posted on the aging and disability services administration 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.

June 16, 2011

Katherine I. Vasquez

Rules Coordinator

Washington State Code Reviser's Office