WSR 10-14-101




[ Filed July 6, 2010, 1:24 p.m. , effective August 6, 2010 ]

Effective Date of Rule: Thirty-one days after filing.

Purpose: The purpose is to amend WAC 296-31-030 to be consistent with regulations of the department of health (DOH) adopted in response to 2SHB 2674 (chapter 135, Laws of 2008). This legislation required DOH to abolish the credential of registered counselor as a licensed mental health profession by July 1, 2010.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 296-31-030.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 7.68.030.

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 10-09-087 on April 20, 2010.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.

Date Adopted: July 6, 2010.

Judy Schurke



AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 01-22-105, filed 11/7/01, effective 12/8/01)

WAC 296-31-030   What are the eligibility requirements of a mental health treatment provider under the Crime Victims Act?   (1) Mental health providers must qualify as an approved provider and register with the crime victims compensation program before they are authorized to provide treatment and receive payment in accordance with these rules.

(2) The following providers who are permanently licensed ((or registered)) in Washington are eligible to register with this program:

(a) Psychiatrists;

(b) Psychologists;

(c) Advanced registered nurse practitioners with a specialty in psychiatric and mental health nursing;

(d) Ph.D.s not licensed as psychologists and master level counselors whose degree is in a field of study related to mental health services including, but not limited to, social work, marriage and family therapy or mental health counseling.

(3) Out-of-state providers must be currently licensed, ((registered and/))or certified within the state in which they practice. Washington requires mental health counselors to have a masters degree to treat Washington crime victim clients.

EXCEPTION: In areas where the department has determined licensed, ((registered and/))or certified providers are not available, the department may consider registration exceptions on an individual basis.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 7.68.030. 01-22-105, 296-31-030, filed 11/7/01, effective 12/8/01. Statutory Authority: RCW 7.68.030, 7.68.080. 00-03-056, 296-31-030, filed 1/14/00, effective 2/14/00. Statutory Authority: RCW 7.68.030, 51.04.020(1) and 51.04.030. 95-15-004, 296-31-030, filed 7/5/95, effective 8/5/95. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.22.050. 92-23-033, 296-31-030, filed 11/13/92, effective 12/14/92.]

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