PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Aging and Disability Services Administration)
Subject of Possible Rule Making: The department is reviewing WAC 388-110-140 Assisted living services facility structural requirements. The department inadvertently omitted the structural requirement of a sink in the kitchen area of a resident unit when amending this section in a previous rule making.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: Chapter 18.20 RCW, Boarding homes, RCW 74.39A.010.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish:
|•||To rectify an inadvertent omission of a structural requirement that occurred during a previous rule making.|
|•||To provide clarity for architects, building contractors, boarding home administrators, department of health construction review staff and DSHS staff regarding the assisted living services facility structural requirements for kitchen areas in resident units.|
|•||To clarify the type of sink that is required in the kitchen area of a resident unit.|
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: Washington state building code council; department of health, facilities and services licensing, construction review services; and long-term care ombudsman. Draft rules will be shared with the above entities and others for review and comment during the rule-making process.
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. DSHS will follow all established rule-making procedures related to rule making.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Todd Erik Henry, Boarding Home Program, Residential Care Services, Aging and Disability Services Administration, Department of Social and Health Services, P.O. Box 45600, Olympia, WA 98513, phone (360) 725-2580, fax (360) 438-7903, TTY 1-877-905-0454, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
August 5, 2008
Stephanie E. Schiller