WSR 99-11-031

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH


(State Board of Health)

[ Filed May 13, 1999, 2:26 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 246-762 WAC, Scoliosis screening--School districts.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: Scoliosis screening, RCW 28A.210.220.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Review of these rules is called for by the Department of Health and State Board of Health rules review plans. The plans have been developed in response to the Governor's Executive Order 97-02.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction provides for and requires scoliosis screening in public schools. OSPI is cooperating with the Department of Health in the consideration of necessary changes in the rules.

Process for Developing New Rule: Stakeholders and interested organizations are being provided with early written notice of this rules review, and they will have an opportunity to review and comment on draft rules before proposed rules are filed with the Office of the Code Reviser. The Board of Health will conduct a public hearing before taking action on proposed rules changes.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Donna White, Child and Adolescent Health/CHILD Profile Program Manager, Department of Health, Mailstop 47880, Olympia, WA 98504-7880, (360) 236-3534, fax (360) 586-7868.

A grand rounds on scoliosis screening will be conducted by Children's Hospital Regional Medical Center on August 5, 1999.

May 10, 1999

James Robertson

Acting Executive Director

State Board of Health

Washington State Code Reviser's Office