WSR 00-21-109



(Medical Assistance Administration)

[ Filed October 18, 2000, 10:38 a.m. ]

Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 00-11-034.

Title of Rule: WAC 388-556-0600 Mental health services.

Purpose: The department originally intended to renumber WAC 388-548-0500 (adopted as an emergency under WSR 00-11-036) as WAC 388-548-0100 Mental health-related services, and update the policy contained in the rule. However, during the process of developing the rule, discussions with the Mental Health Division (MHD) revealed that MAA's rule was no longer current, and that a cross-reference to MHD's rules would be the best way to avoid duplication and to direct users to the correct rule.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 74.08.090, 74.09.530, 71.24.035.

Statute Being Implemented: RCW 71.24.035, 74.09.530.

Summary: The department, in cooperation with the Mental Health Division (MHD), has determined that the best way to avoid duplication is to use a cross-reference to direct users to MHD chapter 388-862 WAC for current policy on mental-health related services for eligible clients.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: To meet the mandates in the Governor's Executive Order 97-02 and to avoid duplication of rules.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting, Implementation and Enforcement: Ann Myers/DPS/RIP, P.O. Box 45533, Olympia, WA 98504-5533, (360) 725-1345.

Name of Proponent: Department of Social and Health Services, Medical Assistance Administration, governmental.

Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.

Explanation of Rule, its Purpose, and Anticipated Effects: The proposed rule cross-references the Mental Health Division rules that apply to eligible clients. The purpose is to avoid duplicating the rules of another division. The anticipated effect is to refer the user to the correct rule.

Proposal does not change existing rules.

No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. The department has analyzed the proposed rule and concludes that no new costs will be imposed on the businesses affected by it.

RCW 34.05.328 does not apply to this rule adoption. The department has analyzed the proposed rule and concludes that it does not meet the definition of a "significant legislative rule."

Hearing Location: Lacey Government Center (behind Tokyo Bento Restaurant), 1009 College Street S.E., Room 104-A, Lacey, WA 98503, on November 21, 2000, at 10:00 a.m.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Kelly Cooper, Rules Coordinator, by November 14, 2000, phone (360) 664-6094, TTY (360) 664-6178, e-mail

Submit Written Comments to: Identify WAC Numbers, Kelly Cooper, Rules Coordinator, Rules and Policies Assistance Unit, P.O. Box 45850, Olympia, WA 98504-5850, fax (360) 664-6185, by November 21, 2000.

Date of Intended Adoption: No sooner than November 22, 2000.

October 10, 2000

Marie Myerchin-Redifer, Manager

Rules and Policies Assistance Unit

WAC 388-556-0600
Mental health services.

Mental health-related services are available to eligible clients under chapter 388-862 WAC.


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