WSR 99-15-066

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Aging and Adult Services Administration)

[ Filed July 19, 1999, 10:26 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Aging and Adult Services Administration (AASA) plans to amend, repeal and/or add WAC within chapter 388-15 WAC, Social services for families, children and adults and chapter 388-17 WAC, Senior citizens services program; and assign revised WAC to chapter 388-71 WAC. Affected WAC may include but is not limited to the following: WAC 388-15-145, 388-15-200, 388-15-204, 388-15-206, 388-15-207 through 388-15-222, 388-15-548 through 388-15-568, 388-15-600, 388-15-620, 388-15-630, 388-15-690 through 388-15-715, and 388-17-010 through 388-17-510.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: General statutory authority is derived from RCW 74.04.015, 74.04.050, 74.04.057, 74.04.200, and 74.08.090. Specific statutory authority will be provided for each rule under following rule filings.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Amending, repealing, adding and reorganizing AASA rules are necessary:

(1) To comply with the Governor's Executive Order 97-02, and the Secretary's Order of Regulatory Improvement;

(2) To reflect changes in program requirements and/or options.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: Health Care Financing Administration, Social Security Administration, Office of Attorney General, Department of Health, Department of Services for the Blind, Department of Veteran's Affairs, Health Care Policy Board, Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development, Governor's Committee on Disability Issues and Employment, Developmental Disabilities Planning Council, and Long-Term Care Ombudsman. AASA will include them on mailings and invite them to participate in meetings.

Process for Developing New Rule: AASA will schedule informal meetings to allow for feedback and comments from the public. AASA will provide draft language before publishing rules and encourages stakeholders to submit written or verbal comments. When AASA files a notice of proposed rule making, we will notify interested parties of the scheduled hearing to adopt rules and how to submit comments.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Brooke Buckingham, Aging and Adult Services Administration, P.O. Box 45600, Olympia, WA 98504-5600, phone (360) 493-2544, TTY (360) 493-2637, fax (360) 438-8633, e-mail BuckiBE@dshs.wa.gov.

July 16, 1999

Marie Myerchin-Redifer, Manager

Rules and Policies Assistance Unit

Washington State Code Reviser's Office