WSR 09-05-060

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Health and Recovery Services Administration)

[ Filed February 12, 2009, 3:03 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: The department is amending WAC 388-865-0350 Mental health screening for children, 388-865-0420 Intake evaluation, 388-865-0425 Individual service plan, and possibly other related rules as appropriate.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 71.05.560, 71.24.035 (5)(c), and 71.34.380; 42 C.F.R., Part 441, Subpart B.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The mental health division (MHD) is updating and clarifying policy, as well as making the language clearer and easier to read.

Other policy changes that arise during this rule-making process may be incorporated. Other WAC sections may need to be updated as a result of these changes.

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 Kevin Sullivan, HRSA Rules Coordinator, P.O. Box 45504, Olympia, WA 98504-5504, phone (360) 725-1344, fax (360) 586-9727, TTY 1-800-848-5429, e-mail sullikm@dshs.wa.gov.

February 12, 2009

Stephanie E. Schiller

Rules Coordinator

Washington State Code Reviser's Office