WSR 16-01-026
(Behavioral Health and Service Integration Administration)
[Filed December 8, 2015, 8:32 a.m.]
Original Notice.
Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 15-18-035.
Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: The department is repealing sections in chapter 388-865 WAC that pertain to regional support networks (RSN), and adding new sections that pertain specifically to RSNs becoming behavioral health organizations (BHO).
Other amendments in chapters 388-875, 388-877, 388-877A, 388-877B, and 388-877C WAC include updating language regarding BHOs, the BHO managed care plan, behavioral health services, and other related changes as necessary.
Hearing Location(s): Office Building 2, DSHS Headquarters, 1115 Washington, Olympia, WA 98504 (public parking at 11th and Jefferson. A map is available at, on February 9, 2016, at 10:00 a.m.
Date of Intended Adoption: Not earlier than February 10, 2016.
Submit Written Comments to: DSHS Rules Coordinator, P.O. Box 45850, Olympia, WA 98504, e-mail, fax (360) 664-6185, by 5:00 p.m., February 9, 2016.
Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Jeff Kildahl, DSHS rules consultant, by January 26, 2015 [2016], phone (360) 664-6092, TTY (360) 664-6178, or e-mail
Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: The department is adopting rules to comply with 2SSB 6312, chapter 225, Laws of 2014, that requires RSNs to be renamed BHOs effective April 1, 2016, and authorizes the department to establish regional service areas within the state and integrate substance use disorder treatment with mental health services. The rules also update the verbiage "chemical dependency" to "substance use disorders," amend and add new definitions, move the grievance system rules from chapter 388-877A WAC to chapter 388-877 WAC, and make updates to provide clarifications.
Reasons Supporting Proposal: The rules meet the requirements of 2SSB 6312, chapter 225, Laws of 2014. The updated rules will provide more consistent statewide administration, continuity, delivery, and monitoring of behavioral health services which impact consumers, their families, advocates, and contracted providers.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 71.05.560, chapters 70.96A, 71.05 and 71.24 RCW; 2SSB 6312.
Statute Being Implemented: RCW 71.05.560, chapters 70.96A, 71.05 and 71.24 RCW; 2SSB 6312.
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: Kathy Sayre, P.O. Box 45330, Olympia, WA 98504-5330, (360) 725-1342; Implementation and Enforcement: Dennis Malmer, P.O. Box 45330, Olympia, WA 98504-5330, (360) 725-3747.
No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. Under RCW 19.85.025(3), rules are exempt from the preparation of a small business economic impact statement if the content of the rules are dictated by statute. Without these rules, the department would not be in compliance with 2SSB 6312, chapter 225, Laws of 2014.
A cost-benefit analysis is not required under RCW 34.05.328. Rules are exempt per RCW 34.05.328 (5)(b)(v) because they include requirements that are specifically dictated by statute and clarify the language of existing rules without changing their effect.
December 3, 2015
Katherine I. Vasquez
Rules Coordinator
Reviser's note: The material contained in this filing exceeded the page-count limitations of WAC 1-21-040 for appearance in this issue of the Register. It will appear in the 16-02 issue of the Register.