WSR 02-01-131

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Health and Rehabilitation Services Administration)

[ Filed December 19, 2001, 10:53 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 388-890 WAC, the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) plans to amend, repeal and or add new rules regarding vocational rehabilitation services.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: 34 Code of Federal Regulations, Part 361; 34 Code of Federal Regulations Part 363; 34 Code of Federal Regulations, Part 365; RCW 74.29.020(8).

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: DVR needs to adopt and implement rules to comply with changes in the Code of Federal Regulations and to consider other policy changes as a result of rule review.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: United States Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration, Washington State Department of Services for the Blind, Washington Rehabilitation Council. Consultation, review and comment will be used for coordinating the rule-making process.

Process for Developing New Rule: DVR welcomes the public to take part in developing the rules. Anyone interested in helping to draft the proposed rules should contact one of staff persons indicated below. After the rules are drafted, DVR will file a copy at the Office of the Code Reviser with a notice of the proposed rule. DVR will send a copy of the proposed rules for review and comment to everyone currently on the mailing list and anyone else requesting a copy.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Kelly Boston, Acting Chief of Special Programs, (360) 438-8026, e-mail bostok@dshs.wa.gov, Phyllis Hansen, Program Administrator, (360) 438-8047 (V/TTY), e-mail hansepa@dshs.wa.gov; at the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, P.O. Box 45340, Olympia, WA 98504-5340, 1-800-637-5627 (V/TTY), fax (360) 438-8007.

December 17, 2001

Brian H. Lindgren, Manager

Rules and Policies Assistance Unit

Washington State Code Reviser's Office