WSR 02-14-020

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Health and Rehabilitative Services Administration)

[ Filed June 21, 2002, 3:53 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 388-818 WAC, Deaf and hard of hearing services.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 43.20A.720, 43.20A.725, chapter 210, Laws of 2001.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Technology advancements and expanded eligibility for participation in the distribution program prompted a change in the law. SHB 1884 was signed into law on May 7, 2001. Existing sections in this chapter may be reorganized and revised to make the language clearer and easier to understand.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.

Process for Developing New Rule: The department welcomes public participation in the development of these rules. At a later date, the department will publish proposed rules for public comment, and a public hearing will be held before the rules are adopted as permanent. Draft material and information about how to participate may be obtained from the department representative listed below.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Kelly Robison, Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, P.O. Box 45301, Olympia, WA 98504-5301, phone (360) 902-8001, fax (360) 902-0855, e-mail robiskd@dshs.wa.gov.

June 19, 2002

Brian H. Lindgren, Manager

Rules and Policies Assistance Unit

Washington State Code Reviser's Office