WSR 05-08-121



(Economic Services Administration)

[ Filed April 5, 2005, 4:19 p.m. ]

Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 04-22-065.

Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: WAC 388-310-1400 WorkFirst -- Community service.

Hearing Location(s): Blake Office Park East (behind Goodyear Courtesy Tire), Rose Room, 4500 10th Avenue S.E., Lacey, WA, on May 10, 2005, at 10:00 a.m.

Date of Intended Adoption: Not earlier than May 11, 2005.

Submit Written Comments to: DSHS Rules Coordinator, P.O. Box 45850, Olympia, WA 98504, delivery 4500 10th Avenue S.E., Lacey, WA, e-mail, fax (360) 664-6185, by 5:00 p.m., May 10, 2005.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Andy Fernando, DSHS Rules Coordinator, by May 6, 2005, TTY (360) 664-6178 or (360) 664-6097.

Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: This amendment will add a new activity, job preparation, to community services.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: The purpose of the new activity is to better prepare parents for a successful job search.

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

Statute Being Implemented: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74.04.057, 74.04.280, 74.08.090.

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

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

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting, Implementation and Enforcement: Ian Horlor, Lacey Government Center, (360) 725-4634.

No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. This proposed rule does not have an economic impact on small businesses.

A cost-benefit analysis is not required under RCW 34.05.328. These amendments are exempt as allowed under RCW 34.05.328 (5)(b)(vii) which states in-part, "[t]his section does not apply to....rules of the department of social and health services relating only to client medical or financial eligibility and rules concerning liability for care of dependents."

March 31, 2005

Andy Fernando, Manager

Rules and Policies Assistance Unit

AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 00-06-062, filed 3/1/00, effective 3/1/00)

WAC 388-310-1400   WorkFirst--Community service.   (1) What is community service?

Community service includes two types of activities for mandatory participants:

(a) Unpaid work (such as the work performed by volunteer workers) that you perform for a charitable nonprofit organization, federal, state, local or tribal government or district; or

(b) An activity approved by your case manager which benefits you, your family, your community or your tribe. These activities may include traditional activities that perpetuate tribal culture and customs.

(2) What type of community service[s] activities benefit me, my family, my community or my tribe and might be included in my individual responsibility plan?

The following types of community service activities benefit you, your family, your community or your tribe and might be included in your individual responsibility plan:

(a) Caring for a disabled family member;

(b) Caring for a child, if you are fifty-five years old or older and receiving TANF or SFA assistance for the child as a relative (instead of as the child's parent);

(c) Providing childcare for another WorkFirst participant who is doing community service;

(d) Actively participating in a drug or alcohol assessment or treatment program which is certified or contracted by the state under chapter 70.96A RCW;

(e) Participating in family violence counseling or drug or alcohol treatment that will help you become employable or keep your job (this is called "specialized services" in state law); ((and/or))

(f) Participating in the pregnancy to employment pathway; and/or

(g) Job preparation.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 74.08.090, 74.04.050. 00-06-062, 388-310-1400, filed 3/1/00, effective 3/1/00; 99-10-027, 388-310-1400, filed 4/28/99, effective 5/29/99; 97-20-129, 388-310-1400, filed 10/1/97, effective 11/1/97.]

Reviser's note: The brackets and enclosed material in the text of the above section occurred in the copy filed by the agency and appear in the Register pursuant to the requirements of RCW 34.08.040.

Washington State Code Reviser's Office