WSR 07-05-026

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Children's Administration)

[ Filed February 13, 2007, 12:52 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Children's administration will be amending the wording in WAC 388-25-1010 and 388-25-1020 (and revising other rules as applicable) that discusses eligibility criteria for the state supplementary payment program through the children's administration.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 74.04.050; chapter 371, Laws of 2002 (2001-2003 supplemental budget - ESSB 6387); RCW 74.04.600, 74.04.620, 74.13.031.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: There are more foster children not receiving foster care reimbursement under Title IV-E of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 670) than there are children not eligible for foster care reimbursement under Title IV-E of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 670). More children will be eligible for SSP payments and this method allows for more accurate disbursement of SSP payments.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: The federal Social Security Administration publishes regulations under the Social Security Act and Federal Public Law 92-603 for states that must provide an SSP program, and oversees state compliance with federal state supplementation rules.

Process for Developing New Rule: Children's administration welcomes public participation in the amendment of the WAC wording, and will publish proposed rules for public comment and hold a public hearing before the amendments are adopted as permanent. Draft material and information about how to participate may be obtained from the department representative listed below.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Cindy Beckman, DSHS Children's Administration, P.O. Box 45710, Olympia, WA 98504-5710, phone (360) 902-7977, fax (360) 902-7988, TTY (360) 902-7906, e-mail cbec300@dshs.wa.gov.

January 13, 2007

Jim Schnellman, Chief

Office of Administrative Resources

Washington State Code Reviser's Office