PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Economic Services Administration)
Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 388-434-0005 and any related chapters regarding eligibility reviews for cash assistance.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 74.04.050, 74.08.090.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Presently the rules require a review of eligibility for cash programs at least once every twelve months. The department plans to change this requirement to require a review of eligibility for cash programs at least once every six months.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.
Process for Developing New Rule: Parties identified as having an interest in the subject matter will be given the opportunity to review and comment on draft rules prior to publication in the Washington State Register. Other interested parties may comment on the proposed rule changes by contacting the department as described below or by participating in the public hearing. Draft rules will be reviewed by the ESA regulatory improvement team to ensure compliance with Executive Order 97-02. Rules will be adopted in accordance with DSHS policy and the Administrative Procedure Act.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Michael Thomas, Program Manager, WorkFirst Division, Department of Social and Health Services, P.O. Box 45480, Olympia, WA 98504-5480, phone (360) 413-3098, e-mail THOMAMP@dshs.wa.gov, fax (360) 413-3482.
January 27, 1999
Marie Myerchin-Redifer, Manager
Rules and Policies Assistance Unit