WSR 02-24-066

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Disabilities and Long-Term Care Administration)

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

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 388-76 WAC, Adult family homes: Amending WAC 388-76-650 Food services, 388-76-655 General management and administration, 388-76-76500 Series -- Emergency evacuation and safety requirements, and related sections.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 70.128.040, 70.128.120, chapter 79.129 RCW, RCW 43.43.842, 74.34.020.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: AASA intends to amend rules in chapter 388-76 WAC, and other rules as appropriate to:

1. Incorporate changes in food worker rules adopted by the Department of Health (DOH);

2. Address access to liability insurance (WAC 388-76-655);

3. Clarify emergency evacuation and safety requirements (WAC 388-76-76500 series).

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: Revision of WAC 388-76-650: Department of Health (DOH) and State Board of Health (SBOH). Coordination of the rule-making process is being conducted jointly by DOH, SBOH and DLTCA.

Process for Developing New Rule: The department welcomes public participation in the development of these rules. Anyone interested in participating should contact the staff person indicated below. At a later date, DSHS will file proposed rules for public comment with the Office of the Code Reviser with a notice of proposed rule making, and send a copy to everyone on the mailing list and anyone else who requests a copy. A public hearing will be held before the rules and adopted as permanent.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Rosemary Biggins, Residential Care Services, Disabilities and Long-Term Care Administration, P.O. Box 45600, Olympia, WA 98504-5600, phone (360) 725-2486, e-mail biggire@dshs.wa.gov.

December 3, 2002

Brian H. Lindgren, Manager

Rules and Policies Assistance Unit

Washington State Code Reviser's Office