WSR 12-14-027

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Aging and Disability Services Administration)

[ Filed June 26, 2012, 7:46 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: The department is amending WAC 388-865-0575 and 388-865-0430 for the purposes of implementing the requirements of SSB 5187. Other new sections in chapter 388-865 WAC are being created to comply with SSB 5187 and mental health treatment for minors.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 71.05.560, 71.24.035, 71.34.375, 71.34.500, 71.34.510, 71.34.520, 71.34.610, 71.34.620, 71.34.630, 71.34.640, 71.34.650, and 71.34.750.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: This rule complies with SSB 5187, chapter 302, Laws of 2011, that requires, in part, a hospital emergency room or inpatient psychiatric facility that provides services to minors to inform, both verbally and in writing, a parent or guardian of a minor who is seeking treatment for that minor, of all statutorily available treatment options, including the option for parent-initiated treatment. These rules allow the department to be in compliance with SSB 5187 by requiring facilities to adopt policies and protocols regarding mental health treatment for minors.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: The department is developing these rules in collaboration with the department of health.

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 Kathy Sayre, DBHR Rules Manager, P.O. Box 45320, Olympia, WA 98504-5320, phone (360) 725-1342, fax (360) 725-9960, e-mail kathy.sayre@dshs.wa.gov.

June 7, 2012

Katherine I. Vasquez

Rules Coordinator

Washington State Code Reviser's Office