WSR 11-22-105

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Aging and Disability Services Administration)

[ Filed November 2, 2011, 9:57 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: The department is amending sections in chapter 388-106 WAC, Long-term care services.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 74.08.090, 74.09.520.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The department is revising WAC 388-106-0650 and 388-106-0655. The volunteer chore program was changed to volunteer services per ESSB 6444 (supplemental operating budget). The intent in the name change was to broaden the types of assistance available to eligible clients. Current rules limit services to a traditional list of chore-type services. Without revised rules, volunteers supervised by contracted agencies managing the program are unable to provide support services in keeping with the intent of ESSB 6444.

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 Angel Sulivan, P.O. Box 45600, Olympia, WA 98504-5600, phone (360) 725-2495, fax (360) 407-7582, TTY (360) 493-2637, e-mail angel.sulivan@dshs.wa.gov.

October 26, 2011

Katherine I. Vasquez

Rules Coordinator

Washington State Code Reviser's Office