WSR 09-24-014

PROPOSED RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Economic Services Administration)

[ Filed November 23, 2009, 7:57 a.m. ]

Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 09-14-017.

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 January 5, 2010, at 10:00 a.m.

Date of Intended Adoption: Not earlier than January 6, 2010.

Submit Written Comments to: DSHS Rules Coordinator, P.O. Box 45850, Olympia, WA 98504-5850, delivery 4500 10th Avenue S.E., Lacey, WA 98503, e-mail DSHSRPAURulesCoordinator@dshs.wa.gov, fax (360) 664-6185, by 5 p.m. on January 5, 2010.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Jennisha Johnson, DSHS rules consultant, by December 22, 2009, 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: The community services division, economic services administration, is proposing to amend WAC 388-478-0015 in order to revise the basic need standards for cash assistance programs.

The CR-101 was filed on June 22, 2009, as WSR 09-14-017.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: DSHS is required by RCW 74.04.770 to establish standards of need for cash assistance programs on an annual basis.

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: Aurea Figueroa-Rogers, P.O. Box 45440, Olympia, WA 98504, (360) 725-4623.

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 revising the need standards for cash assistance.

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." These rules affect the need standards for cash assistance as outlined in WAC 388-478-0015.

November 17, 2009

Stephanie E. Vaughn

Rules Coordinator

4162.1
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 08-24-070, filed 12/1/08, effective 1/1/09)

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 $((1,131)) 1,159
2 ((1,431)) 1,467
3 ((1,767)) 1,811
4 ((2,085)) 2,137
5 ((2,403)) 2,462
6 ((2,721)) 2,788
7 ((3,145)) 3,223
8 ((3,480)) 3,567
9 ((3,816)) 3,911
10 or more ((4,152)) 4,255

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


Assistance Unit Size Need Standard
1 $((600)) 603
2 ((759)) 762
3 ((937)) 941
4 ((1,106)) 1,111
5 ((1,275)) 1,280
6 ((1,444)) 1,450
7 ((1,669)) 1,676
8 ((1,847)) 1,854
9 ((2,025)) 2,033
10 or more ((2,203)) 2,212

[Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74.04.057, 74.04.770, and 74.08.090. 08-24-070, 388-478-0015, filed 12/1/08, effective 1/1/09; 07-24-033, 388-478-0015, filed 11/30/07, effective 12/31/07; 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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