PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
(Occupational Therapy Practice Board)
[Filed March 26, 2020, 1:23 p.m.]
Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 246-847-125 Applicants currently licensed in other states or territories, the occupational therapy practice board (board) is opening rules to consider clarifying and modernizing the requirements for applicants that are licensed in another state and seeking Washington licensure.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 18.59.130
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Currently the rules require that an out of state applicant submit thirty hours of continued competency for the two previous years. However, applicants that are licensed in another state and recently graduated (less than two years ago) have not had time to complete this requirement. This holds them to a more stringent standard. This rule making aims to clarify and modernize the rules for the benefit of applicants and the public.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.
Process for Developing New Rule: Collaborative.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Kathy Weed, P.O. Box 47852, Olympia, WA 98504-7852, phone 360-236-4883, fax 360-236-2901, TTY 711, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional comments: Interested persons can participate in the rule process through open public meetings and by submitting written comments, and are encouraged to sign up for the interested parties list (GovDelivery) at https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/WADOH/subscriber/new. Rule-making notices will be emailed via GovDelivery.
March 26, 2020
Sunny Anderson, OT