WSR 12-01-121

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Aging and Disability Services)

[ Filed December 21, 2011, 9:50 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: The department is considering adding new sections to chapter 388-101 WAC, Certified community residential services and supports.

The department is also considering amendments to the following sections in chapter 388-101 WAC: WAC 388-101-3000 Definitions, 388-101-3390 Physical safety and requirements, and other related rules as appropriate.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: Chapter 71A.12 RCW.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The department is adding new rule sections to comply with 2SSB 5459 People with developmental disabilities -- Services. This newly passed statute requires the department to establish state-staffed crisis stabilization beds to provide crisis stabilization services to DDD clients who are experiencing behaviors that jeopardize the safety and stability of their current living situation. The department plans to regulate crisis stabilization providers under chapter 388-101 WAC. Additions to this chapter are necessary to incorporate crisis stabilization providers under this chapter. The addition of sections applicable to the new crisis stabilization program will not result in any new or revised requirements for current certified community residential services providers.

Amendments to WAC 388-101-3000, 388-101-3390 and other related rules are being considered for purposes of protecting client health and safety.

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 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 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.

December 19, 2011

Katherine I. Vasquez

Rules Coordinator

Washington State Code Reviser's Office