WSR 04-08-122



(Health and Rehabilitative Services Administration)

[ Filed April 7, 2004, 9:07 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Adding new section(s) and amending other related rules as appropriate in chapter 388-865 WAC to include provisions for consumer peer support services.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 71.24.035.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The Mental Health Division (MHD) is adding new section(s) to chapter 388-865 WAC to include provisions for consumer peer support services to be consistent with the state's 1915(b) waiver from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: CMS is the federal funding source for Medicaid recipients of mental health and other services. These WACs are being modified as a result of changes in federal level authorization to conduct mental health services.

Process for Developing New Rule: A representative of consumer, regional support network and provider stakeholders are participants in the process of drafting language as coordinated by MHD. At a later date, the department will file a proposed rule for publication in the State Register, invite public comments and hold a public hearing. The proposal will be sent to everyone on the mailing list to receive rule-making notices on this subject, and to anyone who requests the proposal. If you want to be added to the mailing list, or want information about the development of this rule, please contact the person listed below.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Kathy Burns Peterson, Mental Health Division, P.O. Box 45320, Olympia, WA 98504, voice (360) 902-0843, fax (360) 902-7691, e-mail

April 5, 2004

Brian H. Lindgren, Manager

Rules and Policies Assistance Unit

Legislature Code Reviser 


Washington State Code Reviser's Office