WSR 13-15-170
(Aging and Long-Term Support Administration)
[Filed July 24, 2013, 9:33 a.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 388-97-1800 Criminal history disclosure and background inquiries, 388-97-4220 Reasons for denial, suspension, modification, revocation of, or refusal to renew a nursing home license, 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 support the health and safety of residents living in [a] residential setting, to consolidate various secretary's lists in aging and long-term support administration (ALTSA) thus providing a uniform background check standard for all caregivers and to reduce the overall costs of processing background checks.
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 24, 2013
Katherine I. Vasquez
Rules Coordinator