SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
Effective Date of Rule: February 22, 2013.
Purpose: To extend the emergency rule filed on October 25, 2012, as WSR 12-22-003, which will expire February 22, 2013. The preproposal statement of inquiry (CR-101) was filed October 25, 2012, as WSR 12-22-004. The proposed rule-making notice (CR-102) was filed January 7, 2013, as WSR 13-03-021. The hearing date is scheduled for February 26, 2013. The department created emergency WAC to support ESHB 2592 - Extended foster care services. It is anticipated the permanent rule will be adopted by April 1, 2013.
Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 388-25-0110 and 388-148-0010.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 74.13.031.
Other Authority: 2012 ESHB 2592; RCW 74.13.020 and 13.34.267.
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: ESHB 2592 enables Washington state to access a federal match of funds under 2008 federal legislation "Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act." The act provides an option permitting states to use Title IV-E foster care funds for youth who wish to pursue secondary or postsecondary education programs from age eighteen up to twenty-one years old. ESHB 2592 authorizes continued extended foster care services for youth ages eighteen to twenty-one years to complete a postsecondary academic or postsecondary vocational education program. Because of the range and complexity of delivering foster care and legal service related to this program children's administration has collaborated with advocates and judicial officers, legal counsel for children and the department, service providers, youth, foster parents, juvenile rehabilitation administration, division of developmental disabilities, tribes and others in developing the proposed WACs to govern the program.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 25, Amended 2, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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 25, Amended 2, Repealed 0.
Date Adopted: February 11, 2013.
Katherine I. Vasquez
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