PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Aging and Long-Term Support Administration)
[Filed July 1, 2020, 8:49 a.m.]
Subject of Possible Rule Making: The department is considering amending sections in chapter 388-76 WAC, Adult family home minimum licensing requirements, including WAC 388-76-10695 Building codes—Structural requirements, 388-76-10730 Grab bars and hand rails, and other related rules as may be required.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 70.128.040
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: This is intended only to be a technical correction and not a change in policy. These rules reference a section of chapter 51-51 WAC, State Building Code Adoption and Amendment of the 2018 Edition of the International Residential Code. That referenced section is specific to adult family homes and is being moved from WAC 51-51-0325 to WAC 51-51-0330. Therefore, the references in WAC 388-76-10695 and 388-76-10730 need to be amended so they point to the correct section of chapter 51-51 WAC.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: No other federal or state agencies regulate this subject.
Process for Developing New Rule: Consistent with RCW 70.128.040
(2)(a), the department will consult with all divisions and administrations within the department serving the various populations living in adult family homes for the purpose of assisting the department in developing rules and standards appropriate to the different needs and capacities of the various populations served by adult family homes. In addition, the department will notify all stakeholders of the opportunity to participate in development, review, and comment on draft rules regarding their form and content prior to proposing rules for adoption.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Libby Wagner, 20425 72nd Avenue South, Kent, WA 98032, phone 253-234-6061.
July 1, 2020
Katherine I. Vasquez