WSR 07-04-065

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Division of Developmental Disabilities)

[ Filed February 1, 2007, 3:09 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 388-826 WAC, the division of developmental disabilities voluntary placement program rules will be amended to outline the foster care rate assessment.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 74.13.350.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The foster care rate assessment is administered annually to licensed foster parents providing care for children and youth with developmental disabilities. Scores on the assessment determine the specialized service amount paid to the foster parent for care requirements of the child greater than those of children who are not disabled. An explanation of the assessment and scoring will help foster parents and others understand why they receive a particular rate.

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

Process for Developing New Rule: DSHS welcomes the public to take part in developing the rules. Anyone interested should contact the staff person identified below. At a later date, DSHS will file a proposal with the office of the code reviser with a notice of proposed rule making. A copy of the proposal will be sent to everyone on the mailing list and to anyone who requests a copy.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Rita Dickey, Program Manager, Voluntary Placement Program, P.O. Box 45310, Olympia, WA 98504, phone (360) 725-3403, fax (360) 405-0955, e-mail dickerm@dshs.wa.gov.

February 1, 2007

Jim Schnellman

Office of Administrative Resources

Washington State Code Reviser's Office