WSR 07-21-107

PROPOSED RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Economic Services Administration)

[ Filed October 19, 2007, 2:33 p.m. ]

Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 07-16-111.

Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: The department is amending WAC 388-478-0015 Need standards for cash assistance.

Hearing Location(s): Blake Office Park East, Rose Room, 4500 10th Avenue S.E., Lacey, WA 98503 (one block north of the intersection of Pacific Avenue S.E. and Alhadeff Lane. A map or directions are available at http://www1.dshs.wa.gov/msa/rpau/docket.html or by calling (360) 664-6094), on November 27, 2007, at 10:00 a.m.

Date of Intended Adoption: Not earlier than November 28, 2007.

Submit Written Comments to: DSHS Rules Coordinator, P.O. Box 45850, Olympia, WA 98504, delivery 4500 10th Avenue S.E., Lacey, WA 98503, e-mail schilse@dshs.wa.gov, fax (360) 664-6185, by 5 p.m. on November 27, 2007.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Jennisha Johnson, DSHS Rules Consultant, by November 20, 2007, TTY (360) 664-6178 or (360) 664-6094 or by e-mail at johnsjl4@dshs.wa.gov.

Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: This rule is being amended to revise basic need standards for cash assistance based on the 2008 forecast.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: RCW 74.04.770 requires the department to annually establish consolidated standards of need. A forecast of basic needs costs is being used to establish new basic needs standards.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74.04.057, 74.04.770, and 74.08.090.

Statute Being Implemented: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74.04.057, 74.04.770, and 74.08.090.

Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.

Name of Proponent: Department of social and health services, governmental.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting, Implementation and Enforcement: Jenny Grayum, 1009 College S.E., Lacey, WA 98504, (360) 725-4583.

No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. These proposed rules do not have an economic impact on small businesses. The proposed amendments only affect DSHS clients by outlining the need standards for cash assistance programs.

A cost-benefit analysis is not required under RCW 34.05.328. These amendments are exempt as allowed under RCW 34.05.328 (5)(b)(vii) which states in-part, "[t]his section does not apply to.... rules of the department of social and health services relating only to client medical or financial eligibility and rules concerning liability for care of dependents."

October 16, 2007

Stephanie E. Schiller

Rules Coordinator

3923.1
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 07-06-066, filed 3/5/07, effective 4/5/07)

WAC 388-478-0015   Need standards for cash assistance.   The need standards for cash assistance units are:

(1) For assistance units with obligation to pay shelter costs:


Assistance Unit Size Need Standard
1 $((1,016))

1,060

2 ((1,285))

1,341

3 ((1,587))

1,655

4 ((1,873))

1,953

5 ((2,158))

2,251

6 ((2,444))

2,549

7 ((2,825))

2,947

8 ((3,126))

3,261

9 ((3,428))

3,576

10 or more ((3,729))

3,890


(2) For assistance units with shelter provided at no cost:


Assistance Unit Size Need Standard
1 $((546))

566

2 ((691))

717

3 ((853))

885

4 ((1,007))

1,044

5 ((1,161))

1,203

6 ((1,314))

1,362

7 ((1,519))

1,575

8 ((1,681))

1,743

9 ((1,843))

1,911

10 or more ((2,005))

2,079

[Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74.04.057, 74.04.770, and 74.08.090. 07-06-066, 388-478-0015, filed 3/5/07, effective 4/5/07. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74.04.057, 74.08.090. 06-05-102, 388-478-0015, filed 2/14/06, effective 3/17/06. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74.04.057, 74.04.770, and 74.08.090. 05-22-077 and 05-23-012, 388-478-0015, filed 10/31/05 and 11/4/05, effective 1/1/06; 05-01-074, 388-478-0015, filed 12/9/04, effective 1/9/05. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.770, 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74.04.057. 03-24-059, 388-478-0015, filed 12/1/03, effective 1/1/04; 03-23-116, 388-478-0015, filed 11/18/03, effective 12/19/03. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.08.090, 74.04.510, and 74.04.770. 02-23-029, 388-478-0015, filed 11/12/02, effective 12/1/02. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74.04.057, 74.08.090, and 74.04.200. 01-11-108, 388-478-0015, filed 5/21/01, effective 7/1/01. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.200. 99-04-056, 388-478-0015, filed 1/29/99, effective 3/1/99. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74.04.057 and 74.08.090. 98-16-044, 388-478-0015, filed 7/31/98, effective 9/1/98.]

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