WSR 09-02-058

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Economic Services Administration)

[ Filed January 5, 2009, 11:00 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: The department is amending WAC 388-454-0015 Temporary absence from the home.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74.04.057, 74.04.510, and 74.08.090.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The department is proposing to amend WAC 388-454-0015 to clarify the policy regarding situations that do not meet the criteria of a temporary absence as described in subsection (4) of the WAC. The decision to propose amending the WAC is in response to a question about temporary absences and parents who are incarcerated.

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 Tom Berry, Lead Policy Analyst, Community Services Division, P.O. Box 45470, Olympia, WA 98504-5470, phone (360) 725-4617, fax (360) 725-4905, e-mail berrytj@dshs.wa.gov.

January 5, 2009

Stephanie E. Schiller

Rules Coordinator

Washington State Code Reviser's Office