WSR 17-18-113
(Aging and Long-Term Support Administration)
[Filed September 6, 2017, 12:00 p.m.]
Original Notice.
Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 17-09-020.
Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: The department is proposing to repeal WAC 388-78A-2595 and amend WAC 388-78A-2590, 388-78A-2592, and 388-78A-2594.
Hearing Location(s): On October 10, 2017, at 10:00 a.m., at Office Building 2, DSHS Headquarters, 1115 Washington, Olympia, WA 98504. Public parking at 11th and Jefferson. A map is available at
Date of Intended Adoption: Not earlier than October 11, 2017.
Submit Written Comments to: Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) Rules Coordinator, P.O. Box 45850, Olympia, WA 98504, email, fax 360-664-6185, by 5:00 p.m., October 10, 2017.
Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Jeff Kildahl, DSHS Rules Consultant, phone 360-664-6092, fax 360-664-6185, TTY 360-664-6178, email, by September 26, 2017.
Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: The department is amending these rules to conform to current department practice related to management agreements. For example, the department is removing language indicating that the department approves all management agreements.
Reasons Supporting Proposal: Although the department receives copies of management agreements and has authority to review them, it frequently relies upon a management agreement attestation document submitted by a proposed licensee.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: Chapter 18.20 RCW.
Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.
Name of Proponent: DSHS, governmental.
Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting, Implementation, and Enforcement: Jeanette Childress, P.O. Box 45600, Olympia, WA 98506, 360-725-2591.
A school district fiscal impact statement is not required under RCW 28A.305.135.
A cost-benefit analysis is not required under RCW 34.05.328. The department has analyzed the proposed rules and determined that they have no fiscal impact.
This rule proposal, or portions of the proposal, is exempt from requirements of the Regulatory Fairness Act because the proposal:
Is exempt under RCW 19.85.025(3) as the rules relate only to internal governmental operations that are not subject to violation by a nongovernment party.
August 30, 2017
Katherine I. Vasquez
Rules Coordinator
AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending WSR 10-03-066, filed 1/15/10, effective 2/15/10)
WAC 388-78A-2590 Management agreements—General.
(1) If the proposed or current licensee uses a manager, the licensee must have a written management agreement ((approved by the department)) that is consistent with this chapter.
(2) The proposed or current licensee must notify the department of its use of a manager upon:
(a) Initial application for a license;
(b) Retention of a manager following initial application;
(c) Change of managers; and
(d) Modification of existing management agreement.
(3) The proposed or current licensee must provide to the department a written management agreement, including an organizational chart showing the relationship between the proposed or current licensee, management company, and all related organizations.
(4) The written management agreement must be submitted:
(a) Sixty days before:
(i) The initial licensure date;
(ii) The proposed change of ownership date; or
(iii) The effective date of the management agreement; or
(b) Thirty days before the effective date of any amendment to an existing management agreement.
(5) The proposed licensee or the current licensee must notify the resident and their representatives sixty days before entering into a new management agreement.
(6) A proposed licensee must submit a management agreement attestation form, as required by the assisted living facility application.
AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending WSR 13-13-063, filed 6/18/13, effective 7/19/13)
WAC 388-78A-2592 Management agreements—Licensee.
(1) The licensee is responsible for:
(a) The daily operations and provisions of services in the assisted living facility (((see)), as required by WAC 388-78A-2730 (1)(a)(()));
(b) Ensuring the assisted living facility is operated in a manner consistent with all laws and rules applicable to assisted living facilities (((see WAC 388-78A-2730 (1)(b)))), as required by WAC 388-78A-2730 (1)(b);
(c) Ensuring the manager acts in conformance with ((a department approved)) the management agreement; and
(d) Ensuring the manager does not represent itself as, or give the appearance that it is the licensee.
(2) The licensee must not give the manager responsibilities that are so extensive that the licensee is relieved of daily responsibility for the daily operations and provision of services in the assisted living facility. If the licensee does so, then the department must determine that a change of ownership has occurred.
(3) The licensee and manager must act in accordance with the terms of the ((department-approved)) management agreements. If the department determines they are not, then the department may ((take licensing action)) impose enforcement remedies.
(4) The licensee may enter into a management agreement only if the management agreement creates a principal/agent relationship between the licensee and manager.
AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending WSR 13-13-063, filed 6/18/13, effective 7/19/13)
WAC 388-78A-2594 Management agreements—Department review.
((Upon receipt of a proposed)) The department may review a management agreement((,)) at any time. Following the review, the department may require:
(1) The proposed or current licensee or manager to provide additional information or clarification;
(2) Any changes necessary to:
(a) Bring the management agreement into compliance with this chapter; and
(b) Ensure that the licensee has not been relieved of the responsibility for the daily operations of the facility.
(3) The licensee to participate in monthly meetings and quarterly on-site visits to the assisted living facility.
The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed:
WAC 388-78A-2595
Management agreements—Resident funds.