PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
(Occupational Therapy Practice Board)
[Filed November 6, 2018, 2:06 p.m.]
Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 246-847-120 Applicants from unrecognized educational programs, the occupational therapy practice board (board) is considering amending potentially conflicting and confusing rules for applicants from unrecognized educational programs. The board is also considering creating a new section in chapter 246-847 WAC for applicants that hold an expired license in another state and are seeking Washington licensure.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 18.59.130
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: WAC 246-847-120 has potentially conflicting and confusing language within the section, making it difficult for credentialing staff and stakeholders to fully understand and implement the requirements for applying as an applicant from an unrecognized education program. Further, with the recent revisions to the definitions, continuing education, and licensing requirements under WSR 18-09-032, a route to licensure for applicants expired in another state was inadvertently removed. By creating [a] new section in chapter 246-847 WAC, the board is proposing to reinstate this route to licensure that was removed.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.
Process for Developing New Rule: Collaborative rule making.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Kathy Weed, P.O. Box 47852, Olympia, WA 98504, phone 360-236-4883, fax 360-236-2901, TTY 360-833-6388 or 711, email email@example.com.
Additional comments: Interested stakeholders may sign up for the program's interested parties list (GovDelivery) at https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/WADOH/subscriber/new. All rule-making notices will be emailed to GovDelivery and appropriate state associations. Rule drafting will take place in open public meetings where comments will be accepted verbally and in writing.
November 6, 2018
Sheryl Zylstra, OT