WSR 02-09-065



(Economic Services Administration)

(Division of Employment and Assistance Programs)

[ Filed April 15, 2002, 3:49 p.m. ]

Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 02-03-091.

Title of Rule: WAC 388-406-0040 What happens if the processing of my application is delayed?, 388-406-0045 Is there a good reasons my application for cash or medical assistance has not been processed?, 388-406-0050 How do I know when my application is processed?, 388-406-0055 When do my benefits start?, 388-406-0060 What happens when my application is denied?, 388-406-0065 Can I still get benefits even after my application is denied?, 388-452-0005 Do I have to be interviewed in order to get benefits?, and 388-472-0005 What are my rights and responsibilities?

Purpose: Amending rules in chapter 388-406 WAC and WAC 388-452-0005 and 388-472-0005 to clarify and streamline policy.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74.04.057, 74.04.510, 74.08.090, and 74.09.530.

Statute Being Implemented: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74.04.057, 74.04.510, 74.08.090, and 74.09.530.

Summary: Amending rules in chapter 388-406 WAC and WAC 388-452-0005 and 388-472-0005.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: To clarify and streamline existing policy.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting, Implementation and Enforcement: Vicky T. Robinson, 1009 College Street S.E., Lacey, WA, (360) 413-3031.

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

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

Explanation of Rule, its Purpose, and Anticipated Effects: Amending rules in chapter 388-406 WAC to clarify and streamline existing policy. Also amending WAC 388-452-0005 and 388-472-0005 for clarity.

Proposal Changes the Following Existing Rules: The proposed rules clarify what happens when the processing of an application is delayed, good cause reasons for the delay, when an application is processed, when benefits start, what happens when an application is denied, and reconsideration of denied applications. Also describes client's rights and responsibilities.

No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. Small businesses are not affected by these rule changes.

RCW 34.05.328 does not apply to this rule adoption. These amendments do not meet the definition of significant legislative rule changes and are exempt under RCW 34.05.325 [34.05.328] (5)(b)(vii).

Hearing Location: Office Building 2 Auditorium (DSHS Headquarters) (parking on 12th off Jefferson), 14th and Jefferson, Olympia, WA 98504, on June 4, 2002, at 10:00 a.m.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact DSHS Rules Coordinator by May 31, 2002, phone (360) 664-6094, TTY (360) 664-6178, e-mail

Submit Written Comments to: Identify WAC Numbers, DSHS Rules Coordinator, Rules and Policies Assistance Unit, P.O. Box 45850, Olympia, WA 98504-5850, fax (360) 664-6185, e-mail, by 5:00 p.m., June 4, 2002.

Date of Intended Adoption: No sooner than June 5, 2002.

April 11, 2002

Brian H. Lindgren, Manager

Rules and Policies Assistance Unit

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 02-10 issue of the Register.

Washington State Code Reviser's Office