SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Aging and Long-Term Support Administration)
[Filed December 31, 2019, 11:30 a.m., effective January 31, 2020]
Effective Date of Rule: Thirty-one days after filing.
Purpose: These rules needed updating to meet the national building code standards for licensed healthcare facilities of this type. With a moratorium on rule development, the department of social and health services has not been able to keep the rules up to date in concert with the changes in building codes, energy efficiency standards, and the structural enhancements associated with this facility type across the nation. The regulatory amendments encompass the technological advances in building design, and the healthcare industry. This has a positive impact on the developers, architects, facility owners, and residents in new and currently licensed facilities to meet licensing requirements and building code requirements with updated safety standards.
Citation of Rules Affected by this Order: New WAC 388-78A-2361, 388-78A-2371, 388-78A-2381, 388-78A-2703, 388-78A-2821, 388-78A-2851, 388-78A-2852, 388-78A-2853 and 388-78A-3011; repealing WAC 388-78A-2820, 388-78A-2890, 388-78A-2910, 388-78A-3020, 388-78A-3070, 388-78A-3080, 388-78A-3110 and 388-78A-3120; and amending WAC 388-78A-2380, 388-78A-2680, 388-78A-2690, 388-78A-2700, 388-78A-2800, 388-78A-2810, 388-78A-2830, 388-78A-2850, 388-78A-2860, 388-78A-2870, 388-78A-2880, 388-78A-2900, 388-78A-2920, 388-78A-2930, 388-78A-2950, 388-78A-2960, 388-78A-2980, 388-78A-2990, 388-78A-3000, 388-78A-3010, 388-78A-3030, 388-78A-3040, 388-78A-3050, and 388-78A-3090.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: Chapter 18.20
Other Authority: None.
Adopted under notice filed as WSR 19-14-100 on July 2, 2019.
Changes Other than Editing from Proposed to Adopted Version: Minor edits to section WAC 388-78A-2381 to clarify references to subsections; correction of misspelled word in WAC 388-78A-2851 from "healing" to "heating"; correction of grammar to WAC 388-78A-2930; correction of word in WAC 388-78A-2371(4) from "rules" to "laws"; correction of grammar to WAC 388-78A-2852 [(1)](e) by removing "satisfaction."
A final cost-benefit analysis is available by contacting Jeanette K. Childress, P.O. Box 45600, Olympia, WA 98504-5600, phone 360-725-2591, email Jeanette.Childress@dshs.wa.gov.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 2, Repealed 0.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 9, Amended 24, Repealed 8.
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 9, Amended 24, Repealed 8.
Date Adopted: December 31, 2019.
Reviser's note: The material contained in this filing exceeded the page-count limitations of WAC 1-21-040 for appearance in this issue of the Register. It will appear in the 20-03
issue of the Register.