WSR 00-11-036



(Medical Assistance Administration)

[ Filed May 10, 2000, 11:22 a.m. ]

Date of Adoption: May 10, 2000.

Purpose: The department originally intended to move the information contained in WAC 388-86-067 Mental health center services, into another chapter. Due to an oversight, WAC 388-86-067 was repealed and the policy was not written into another WAC. The department is establishing new chapter 388-548 WAC, Mental health for all mental health-related services. The policy contained in WAC 388-86-067 is being renumbered and filed under WAC 388-548-0500 with no change to the wording. The department is filing a preproposal notice of inquiry at the same time as this emergency filing so that the policy may be permanently adopted.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 74.08.090, 74.09.520, 71.24.035.

Under RCW 34.05.350 the agency for good cause finds that immediate adoption, amendment, or repeal of a rule is necessary for the preservation of the public health, safety, or general welfare, and that observing the time requirements of notice and opportunity to comment upon adoption of a permanent rule would be contrary to the public interest.

Reasons for this Finding: WAC 388-86-067 Mental health center services, was repealed in error. The policies contained in that rule regulate agencies that provide mental health or day health care services to medical assistance clients and are necessary in order for clients to receive appropriate services. The department is adopting the rule, unchanged from WAC 388-86-067, as new WAC 388-548-0500.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 0. Effective Date of Rule: Immediately.

May 10, 2000

Marie Myerchin-Redifer, Manager

Rules and Policies Assistance Unit

Chapter 388-548 WAC


WAC 388-548-0500
Mental health center services.

(1) The department shall provide mental health or day health care services to a cash assistance recipient under SSI, state supplement or AFDC and to an eligible recipient of a state funded continuing general assistance grant. A recipient of the limited casualty program may be provided mental health center services. The services provided through these agencies are not subject o the limitation on the number of visits under the provisions of WAC 388-86-095.

(2) Community mental health services provided shall be as specified in a contract between the department and the participating center.

(3) For the purposes of this section, community mental health center shall mean an agency or program which meets the following criteria:

(a) Is included as a part of the approved county mental health plan, or is approved by the department to hold a subcontract from the area agency on aging to provide day health care.

(b) Receives state grant-in-aid funds as authorized by the Community Mental Health Services Act, chapter 71.24 RCW, and as described in WAC 388-850-025, or receives money through a contractual agreement with the area agency on aging for the provision of day health care.

(c) Provides treatment by, or under the direction of, a licensed doctor of medicine who has sufficient knowledge of the caseload and clinical program to be assured that the quality of the service is satisfactory.

(4) An agency or program must be either:

(a) An outpatient clinic, with its own governing body, administration and staff; or

(b) A county administered outpatient clinic; or

(c) A separate identifiable outpatient clinic of a general hospital or psychiatric inpatient facility; or

(d) An outpatient clinic with a residential component within its administrative structure; or

(e) A separate identifiable outpatient clinical program of an agency which has other service functions.

(5) Agencies which have functions in addition to outpatient care (see subsection (4)(c), (d), and (e) of this section) shall adhere to the following criteria:

(a) Specific staff are delineated to provide outpatient clinical services exclusively;

(b) Outpatient clinical records are separated from other service records of the agency;

(c) The center's accounting and bookkeeping procedures are such that:

(i) If the center has an existing contract, a review or audit finds that these procedures assure adequate fiscal accountability. Audits will be conducted by either the department or the office of the state auditor.

(ii) If an agency is applying for a contract, the application will be accompanied by a statement from a licensed or certified public accountant reflecting the accountant's unqualified opinion of the adequacy, accuracy and accountability of the agency's records.

(6) The final decision regarding a mental health center's participation in this program shall be made by the department.

(7) Mental health service records-content:

(a) An adequate clinical record shall be maintained for each eligible client receiving outpatient mental health services in a mental health center. The clinical records at a minimum shall contain the following:

(a) History,

(b) Diagnostic/evaluative statements,

(c) Treatment plan,

(d) Treatment notes,

(e) Periodic treatment review,

(f) Documentation of case conferences,

(g) Clinical summaries on termination of service.

(8) Subcontracts:

An agency which has a contract under this section shall not enter into subcontracts for any work agreed upon under the contract without obtaining prior written approval of the department from the office of medical assistance.


Reviser's note: The typographical error in the above section occurred in the copy filed by the agency and appears in the Register pursuant to the requirements of RCW 34.08.040.

Washington State Code Reviser's Office