WSR 10-22-040



(Children's Administration)

[ Filed October 27, 2010, 12:56 p.m. , effective November 27, 2010 ]

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

Purpose: The purpose of the chapter is to have uniform statewide standards for domestic violence shelters and supportive services funded by DSHS. These standards address issues such as adequate food, clothing, emergency housing, safety, security, and advocacy.

The proposed major changes to the chapter: New definitions and changes to existing definitions; adds new section that describes the model that must be used in providing the minimum services standards established by the proposed rule; describes the supportive services that must be provided by domestic violence agencies funded by DSHS; adds supportive services and resources for children/youth residing in emergency domestic violence shelter; describes requirements for an agency's crisis hotline; updates the requirements for cribs and bassinets, provision of food/clothing, and storing resident medications in the emergency domestic violence shelter.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 388-61A-0005, 388-61A-0010, 388-61A-0015, 388-61A-0020, 388-61A-0025, 388-61A-0030, 388-61A-0035, 388-61A-0040, 388-61A-0045, 388-61A-0050, 388-61A-0055, 388-61A-0060, 388-61A-0065, 388-61A-0070, 388-61A-0075, 388-61A-0080, 388-61A-0085, 388-61A-0090, 388-61A-0095, 388-61A-0100, 388-61A-0105, 388-61A-0110, 388-61A-0115, 388-61A-0120, 388-61A-0125, 388-61A-0130, 388-61A-0135, 388-61A-0140, 388-61A-0145, 388-61A-0146, 388-61A-0147, 388-61A-0148, 388-61A-0149, 388-61A-0150, 388-61A-0155, 388-61A-0160, 388-61A-0165, 388-61A-0170, 388-61A-0175, and 388-61A-0180.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: Chapter 70.123 RCW.

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 10-13-145 on June 23, 2010.

Changes Other than Editing from Proposed to Adopted Version: Written and oral testimony were provided requesting that WAC 388-61A-0280(5) be changed to avoid an unintended consequence of callers to the crisis hotline/helpline from receiving a busy signal if all incoming lines are in use. The change was made because it does not alter the intended meaning of WAC 388-61A-0280 and, indeed, strengthens the intent of this section.

Written comment requested that WAC 388-61A-0280(1) be clarified with respect to the area of coverage for distributing the domestic violence agency's crisis hotline/helpline telephone number. The change was made because it clarifies the department's intent for wide geographic distribution of the crisis hotline/helpline telephone number.

A final cost-benefit analysis is available by contacting Susan Hannibal, Program Manager, DSHS, 4045 Delridge Way S.W., Room 200, Seattle, WA 98106, phone (206) 923-4910, fax (206) 923-4899, e-mail

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 0, 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 46, Amended 0, Repealed 40.

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 46, Amended 0, Repealed 40.

Date Adopted: October 27, 2010.

Susan N. Dreyfus


Reviser's note: The material contained in this filing exceeded the page-count limitations of WAC 1-21-040 for appearance in this issue of the Register. It will appear in the 10-23 issue of the Register.

Washington State Code Reviser's Office