WSR 16-24-079
(Behavioral Health Administration)
[Filed December 6, 2016, 3:24 p.m.]
Subject of Possible Rule Making: The department proposes to amend and adopt new sections in chapter 388-877A WAC, Outpatient mental health services; chapter 388-877B WAC, Substance use disorder services; and other related rules as may be required.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 71.24.035, 74.08.090.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: SB [2SSB] 6312 authorizes a supportive housing services program and a supported employment services program to be developed to serve individuals receiving behavioral health services. Programs for supportive housing services and supported employment services are included as part of Washington state's proposed medicaid transformation waiver. These proposed rules will allow the department to certify these services when a licensed behavioral health agency applies and qualifies for certification.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: The health care authority (HCA) was appropriated funds in the 2016 supplemental operating budget (2ESHB 2376, section 204, chapter 36, Laws of 2016) for a supportive housing services program and supported employment services program. Through a cooperative agreement with HCA, the department's behavioral health administration is adopting rules that pertain to the certification of these services.
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 a proposal with the office of the code reviser with a notice of proposed rule making. A copy of the proposal 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 Kathy Sayre, DBHR Rules Program Manager, Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery, P.O. Box 45330, Olympia, WA 98504-5330, e-mail, phone (360) 725-1342, fax (360) 586-0341, TTY 1-800-833-6384.
December 6, 2016
Katherine I. Vasquez
Rules Coordinator