WSR 13-15-124
(Aging and Long-Term Support Administration)
[Filed July 22, 2013, 2:21 p.m.]
Subject of Possible Rule Making: The department is considering adding new sections and amending the following sections in chapter 388-97 WAC, Nursing homes: WAC 388-97-0001 Definitions, 388-97-0300 Notice of rights and services, 388-97-0460 Grievance rights, 388-97-0520 Access and visitation rights, 388-97-1640 Required notification an [and] reporting, 388-97-1840 Retaliation or discrimination prohibited, 388-97-4480 Criteria for imposing optional remedies, and other rules as appropriate.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: Chapters 18.51 and 74.42 RCW.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The department is amending these rules to comply with and be consistent with newly passed state laws: SB [SSB] 5077 Gender-neutral terms; and SB 5510 Vulnerable adults—Abuse.
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 Scott Bird, Nursing Home Policy Program Manager, Residential Care Services, P.O. Box 45600, Olympia, WA 98504-5600, phone (360) 725-2581, fax (360) 438-7903, e-mail Draft section language will be posted on ALTSA professional internet web page for review and comment prior to filing the CR-102. Anyone from the public can comment directly to the program manager listed above via phone, e-mail or fax.
July 22, 2013
Katherine I. Vasquez
Rules Coordinator