SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Aging and Long-Term Support Administration)
[Filed May 21, 2019, 9:02 a.m.]
Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 19-03-013.
Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: The department is proposing to create new sections in chapter 388-76 WAC, Adult family home minimum licensing requirements, on requirements for notifying the department of information changes and creating a succession plan. The department is also proposing to amend WAC 388-76-10000 Definitions, 388-76-10003 Department access, 388-76-10020 License—Ability to provide care and services, 388-76-10035 License requirements—Multiple family home providers, 388-76-10037 License requirements—Multiple adult family homes—Additional homes, 388-76-10060 Application—Department orientation class—Required, 388-76-10063 Application—General training requirements, 388-76-10064 Adult family home administrator training requirements, 388-76-10074 Application—Waiver of fees, 388-76-10085 Application—Individual or coprovider, 388-76-10090 Application—Entity application, 388-76-10095 Application—Identification of landlord—Required, 388-76-10105 Application—Change of ownership, 388-76-10106 Change of ownership—Notice to department and residents, 388-76-10107 Priority processing—Change of ownership and relocation, 388-76-10120 License—Must be denied, 388-76-10125 License—May be denied, 388-76-10129 Qualifications—Adult family home personnel, 388-76-10130 Qualifications—Provider, entity representative and resident manager, 388-76-10145 Qualifications—Licensed nurse as provider, entity representative, or resident manager, and 388-76-10950 Remedies—History and actions by individuals.
Hearing Location(s): On July 9, 2019, at 10:00 a.m., at Office Building 2, Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) Headquarters, 1115 Washington, Olympia, WA 98504. Public parking at 11th and Jefferson. A map is available at https://www.dshs.wa.gov/sesa/rules-and-policies-assistance-unit/driving-directions-office-bldg-2.
Date of Intended Adoption: Not earlier than July 10, 2019.
Submit Written Comments to: DSHS Rules Coordinator, P.O. Box 45850, Olympia, WA 98504, email DSHSRPAURulesCoordinator@dshs.wa.gov, fax 360-664-6185, by 5:00 p.m., July 9, 2019.
Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Jeff Kildahl, DSHS rules consultant, phone 360-664-6092, fax 360-664-6185, TTY 711 relay service, email Kildaja@dshs.wa.gov, by June 25, 2019.
Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: This proposal came from concerns raised by representatives of the adult family home industry regarding barriers to entry for certain provider and entity types. The proposed rule changes are intended to address these issues and clarify other requirements for licensure that have been ambiguous. The anticipated effect is to reduce regulatory burdens for new qualified providers, to increase access to the adult family home industry and access to beds for residents.
Reasons Supporting Proposal: The expected outcome is increased access to the adult family home market, an increased number of available adult family home beds both for those who are and are not clients of home and community services, decreased application processing wait times, and improved compliance due to better clarity of the regulations. These all fit into the goals and the mission of DSHS. Together, these proposed changes will improve the quality of care for residents and ensure protection of their rights.
Statute Being Implemented: None.
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: Libby Wagner, 20425 72nd Avenue South, Kent, WA 98032, 253-234-6061.
A school district fiscal impact statement is not required under RCW 28A.305.135
A cost-benefit analysis is required under RCW 34.05.328
. A preliminary cost-benefit analysis may be obtained by contacting Libby Wagner, 20425 72nd Avenue South, Kent, WA 98032, phone 253-234-6061, fax 253-395-5073, email email@example.com
The proposed rule does not impose more-than-minor costs on businesses. Following is a summary of the agency's analysis showing how costs were calculated. The department looked at costs of training, applications, and time spent on administrative training, and consulted with stakeholders. After examining all the costs, the department determined that costs are either less than minor, optional for a business, or rare, and that the changes will cause more savings than increased costs.
A copy of the detailed cost calculations may be obtained by contacting Libby Wagner, 20425 72nd Avenue South, Kent, WA 98032, phone 253-234-6061, fax 253-395-5073, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 15, 2019
Katherine I. Vasquez
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