WSR 02-15-134

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Economic Services Administration)

[ Filed July 22, 2002, 11:05 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: The Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), Economic Services Administration, community services division, will amend and write new WAC that define and describe limited English proficient (LEP) services as they pertain to clients of DSHS.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 74.04.025, 74.08.090.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Rules defining and describing LEP services are needed to help people with limited English proficiency understand how they can receive services from DSHS.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: DSHS Medical Assistance Administration, Management Services Administration.

Process for Developing New Rule: DSHS welcomes the public to take part in developing the rules. Anyone interested should contact the staff person identified below. At a later date, DSHS will file proposed rules with the Office of the Code Reviser with a notice of proposed rule making. A copy of the draft will be sent to everyone on the mailing list and to anyone who requests a copy.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Jason Reed, Community Services Division, P.O. Box 45440, Olympia, WA 98504, phone (360) 413-3223, fax (360) 413-3491.

July 17, 2002

Brian H. Lindgren, Manager

Rules and Policies Assistance Unit

Washington State Code Reviser's Office