WSR 09-10-055

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Economic Services Administration)

[ Filed May 4, 2009, 8:50 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: The community services division is proposing to amend WAC 388-406-0005 Can I apply for cash, medical or Basic Food?, 388-406-0035 How long does the department have to process my application?, and 388-406-0045 Is there a good reason my application for cash or medical assistance has not been processed?

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 74.08.060, 74.04.050, 74.04.057, 74.08.090.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The department will propose amendments in order to comply with the statutory changes made to RCW 74.08.060 by the enactment of SSB 6024 (chapter 198, Laws of 2009). The effective date of the legislation is November 1, 2009.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: The community services division will be coordinating and reviewing proposed drafts with the health and recovery services administration (HRSA).

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 Melissa Mathson, Program Manager, Community Services Division, P.O. Box 45470, Olympia, WA 98504-5470, phone (360) 725-4563, fax (360) 725-4905, e-mail mathsmc@dshs.wa.gov.

May 4, 2009

Stephanie E. Schiller

Rules Coordinator

Washington State Code Reviser's Office