WSR 02-24-064

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Economic Services Administration)

[ Filed December 3, 2002, 4:14 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: The Division of Employment and Assistance Programs is amending general assistance-unemployable (GA-U) program rule, WAC 388-448-0130 Treatment and referral requirements, and related rules as needed.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 74.04.005(6) and 74.04.050.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: When authorized by the legislature and funds are allotted in the GA-U program budget, the department provides goods or services through the WorkPlus program to help selected GA-U recipients become gainfully employed. The department needs to enforce the state statute requiring GA-U recipients to accept services that will enable them to work while administering the WorkPlus program as voluntary.

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

Process for Developing New Rule: DSHS welcomes the public to take part in developing the rules. Interested persons 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. All persons on the mailing list or who requests a copy will be sent the proposed rules.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication. To comment or be placed on the mailing list, please contact Douglas Sevin, Program Manager, Division of Employment and Assistance Programs, Lacey Government Center, P.O. Box 45470, Olympia, WA 98504-4570 [98504-5470], phone (360) 413-3097, fax (360) 413-3493, e-mail SEVINDJ@DSHS.WA.GOV.

December 3, 2002

Brian H. Lindgren, Manager

Rules and Policies Assistance Unit

Washington State Code Reviser's Office