WSR 06-07-092

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH


[ Filed March 15, 2006, 2:04 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 246-809-130 Supervised postgraduate experience (for licensed marriage and family therapists), 246-809-230 Supervised postgraduate experience (for licensed mental health counselors), and 246-809-321 Education requirements and supervised postgraduate experience (for licensed social workers).

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 18.225.040 and 18.225.090.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Chapter 18.225 RCW requires that individuals must obtain supervised postgraduate experience in order to become licensed marriage and family therapists, licensed mental health counselors, and licensed social workers. It was determined that rule making was necessary and a CR-101 was filed as WSR 01-22-068 on November 1, 2004. During that rule-making process it was determined that additional amendments need to be made to the three current rules on postgraduate experience for marriage and family therapists, mental health, and social workers (WAC 246-809-130, 246-809-230, and 246-809-320). This CR-101 on supervised postgraduate experience will accompany the existing CR-101 (WSR 01-22-068).

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.

Process for Developing New Rule: Collaborative rule making.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication. Interested parties were involved in the rule-making process as initiated under WSR 01-22-068, which determined that these WACs needed to be amended also. Interested parties have already been involved, no additional workshops have been scheduled. Interested parties will continue to be notified through notifications as part of the interested parties listserv. In addition, they will also be able to provide comments during the public hearing process.

Information may be submitted to Holly Rawnsley, Program Manager, P.O. Box 47869, Olympia, WA 98504-7869, phone (360) 236-4912, fax (360) 236-4909, e-mail Holly.Rawnsley@doh.wa.gov.

March 15, 2006

B. White

for M. C. Selecky

Secretary

Washington State Code Reviser's Office