WSR 11-22-110

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Aging and Disability Services)

[ Filed November 2, 2011, 10:10 a.m. ]

Purpose: The proposed amendments to WAC 388-845-0060 and 388-845-0061 are needed to revise the current working age adult policy to allow clients to choose between employment and community access services as directed by the legislature.

Subject of Possible Rule Making: The division of developmental disabilities is proposing to revise the current working age adult policy to allow clients to choose between employment and community access activities. Clients age twenty-one and older who are receiving services through a home and community based waiver shall be offered the choice to transition to a community access program after nine months of enrollment in a [an] employment program and the option to transition from a community access program to an employment program at any time.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 34.05.350 (1)(c).

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: HB [2ESHB] 1087, section 205 (g)(i), directed the department to revise the current working age adult policy to allow clients to choose between employment and community access activities.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regular this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.

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 Meredith Kelly, phone (360) 725-3524, fax (360) 407-0955, e-mail kellymj@dshs.wa.gov.

October 31, 2011

Katherine I. Vasquez

Rules Coordinator

Washington State Code Reviser's Office