CHILDREN, YOUTH, AND FAMILIES
[Filed July 26, 2019, 11:16 a.m., effective July 28, 2019]
Effective Date of Rule: July 28, 2019.
Purpose: Section 2 of SSB 5815 (concerning individuals placed in minimum security status by the Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF)), effective July 28, 2019, amends RCW 72.05.405
: (1) To provide that the unlawful use or possession of a controlled substance or an alcoholic beverage while in a community facility are excluded from a list of serious infractions requiring mandatory return to an institution; and (2) to direct DCYF to adopt and implement rules based on empirically validated best practices to appropriately address offenses involving unlawful use or possession of a controlled substance and unlawful use or possession of alcohol committed by individuals placed in juvenile community facilities.
This emergency rule ensures that WAC 110-730-0070, is in compliance with RCW 72.05.405
, as amended by SSB 5815, by removing the "possession, use, or distribution of drugs or alcohol, or use of inhalants" from the definition of "serious violations" in subsection (1)(i) (requiring mandatory return to an institution under subsection (3)(a)), and inserting that language in subsection (2) in the definition of "other violations," which may, but does not require, transfer of a juvenile to a higher security facility (under subsection (3)(d)).
DCYF is concurrently developing "empirically validated best practices," which will be included in DCYF's permanent rule-making filing. The development of empirically validated best practices will require a two-step process, namely: (1) Developing a literature review to identify the best practices for responding to youth who use substances while in a community facility; and (2) developing policies or standards that are based on those best practices. This is not included in this emergency rule filing because of the additional time needed to complete the literature review and development of policies or standards based on those best practices.
Citation of Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 110-730-0070.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: Section 2 of SSB 5815, codified as chapter 468, Laws of 2019 (effective July 28, 2019).
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: As noted above, SSB 5815 directs DCYF to adopt and implement rules pursuant to that law.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at the 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 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Date Adopted: July 26, 2019.
[AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 19-14-079, filed 7/1/19, effective 7/1/19)]
WAC 110-730-0070Residential disciplinary standards.
(1) Serious violations by a juvenile include:
(a) Escape or attempted escape;
(b) Violence toward others with intent to harm and/or resulting in significant bodily injury;
(c) Involvement in or conviction of a criminal offense under investigation by law enforcement or awaiting adjudication for behavior that occurred during current placement;
(d) Extortion or blackmail that threatens the safety or security of the facility or community;
(e) Setting or causing an unauthorized fire with intent to harm self, others, or property, or with reckless disregard for the safety of others;
(f) Possession or manufacture of weapons or explosives, or tools intended to assist in escape;
(g) Interfering with staff or service providers in performing duties relating to the security and/or safety of the facility or community;
(h) Intentional property damage in excess of one thousand five hundred dollars;
(i) Possession, use, or distribution of drugs or alcohol, or use of inhalants;
(j)(i) Rioting or inciting others to riot;
(k)(j) Refusal of urinalysis or search; or
(l)(k) Other behaviors which threaten the safety or security of the facility, its staff, or residents or the community.
(2) Other violations by a juvenile placed in a community facility or residential treatment and care program include:
(a) Unaccounted for time when a juvenile is away from the community facility or residential treatment and care program;
(b) Violation of conditions of authorized leave;
(c) Intimidation or coercion against any person;
(d) Misuse of medication such as hoarding medication or taking another person's medication;
(e) Self-mutilation, self tattooing, body piercing, or assisting others to do the same;
(f) Intentional destruction of property valued at less than fifteen hundred dollars;
(h) Unauthorized withdrawal of funds with intent to commit other violations;
(i) Suspensions or expulsions from school or work;
(j) Violations of school, employment or volunteer work agreements related to custody and security concerns;
(k) Escape talk;
(l) Sexual contact or any other behavior, not defined as a serious violation, resulting in a referral to the department of licensing, child protective services, or law enforcement; or
(m) Lewd or disruptive behavior in the community.; or
(n) Possession, use, or distribution of drugs or alcohol, or use of inhalants.
(3) Juveniles must be held accountable when there is reasonable cause to believe they have committed a violation.
(a) Whenever a juvenile placed in a community facility or residential treatment and care program commits a serious violation, the juvenile must be returned to an institution. The JRA program administrator who receives a service provider report of a serious violation must make arrangements to transfer the juvenile to an institution as soon as possible. Juveniles may be placed in a secure JRA or contracted facility pending transportation to an institution.
(b) Sanctions for serious violations committed by juveniles in an institution, and additional sanctions for serious violations committed by juveniles returned to an institution, must include one or more of the following:
(i) Loss of privileges for up to thirty days;
(ii) Loss of program level; or
(iii) Room confinement up to seventy-two hours.
(c) Sanctions for serious violations may also include, but are not limited to, one or more of the following:
(i) Change in release date;
(ii) Referral for prosecution;
(iii) Transfer to an intensive management unit;
(iv) Increase in security classification;
(v) Reprimand and loss of points;
(vi) Restitution; or
(vii) Community service.
(d) Sanctions for violations listed in WAC 388-730-0070(2) may include transfer to a higher security facility and must include one or more of the following:
(i) Loss or privileges;
(ii) Loss of program level;
(iii) Room confinement up to seventy-two hours;
(iv) Change in release date;
(v) Reprimand and/or loss of points;
(vi) Additional restitution; or
(vii) Community service.
(4) When a sanction is imposed, the juvenile must also receive a counseling intervention to address the violation.
(5) If the proposed sanctions for any violation includes extending the juvenile's established release date, the juvenile must be entitled to:
(a) Notice of an administrative review to consider extension of the release date and a written statement of the incident;
(b) An opportunity to be heard before a neutral review chairperson;
(c) Present oral or written statements, and call witnesses unless testimony of a witness would be irrelevant, repetitive, unnecessary, or would disrupt the orderly administration of the facility;
(d) Imposition of the sanction only if the administrative review chairperson finds by a preponderance of the evidence that the serious violation did occur; and
(e) A written decision, stating the reasons for the decision, by the administrative review chairperson.
(6) Each superintendent, regional administrator and service provider must clearly post, or make readily available, the list of serious violations and possible sanctions in all living units.
(7) Each program administrator must adopt procedures for implementing the requirements of this section.
Reviser's note: The bracketed material preceding the section above was supplied by the code reviser's office.
Reviser's note: The typographical errors in the above section occurred in the copy filed by the agency and appear in the Register pursuant to the requirements of RCW 34.08.040