PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 246-337 WAC, Residential treatment facility (RTF), updating the rules to reflect federal and state regulatory changes and current business and professional practices.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 71.12.670.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The RTF rules were adopted in 2005. Since that time, federal and state regulatory changes and program changes within the department of health have occurred which necessitate updating the rules. Revising the rules will result in program consistencies and will reflect current business and professional practices.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: The federal Drug Enforcement Agency. The department of social and health services certifies a range of treatment services that RTFs can provide under chapter 71.05 RCW, Mental illness, chapter 70.96A RCW, Treatment for alcoholism, intoxication and drug addiction, and chapter 71.34 RCW, Mental health services for minors. The department will notify these agencies of its rule activities and invite them to participate in rule revision workshops.
Process for Developing New Rule: Collaborative rule making.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication. The department will convene a series of rule workshops and setup a dedicated listserv. Interested parties can receive information on how to participate in updating the rule by contacting John Hilger, Rules Coordinator, Health Professions and Facilities, 310 Israel Road S.E., Tumwater, WA 98501-7852, P.O. Box 47868, Olympia, WA 98604-7868 [98504-7868], e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, phone (360) 236-2929, fax (360) 236-2901. The department will notify all licensees and organizations who have expressed an interest in rule-making activities.
August 18, 2010
Mary C. Selecky