WSR 15-10-056
(Aging and Long-Term Support Administration)
[Filed April 30, 2015, 1:54 p.m., effective May 1, 2015]
Effective Date of Rule: May 1, 2015.
Purpose: The department is amending chapter 388-107 WAC in order to address concerns of the Center for Medicare/Medicaid Services (CMS) Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) and stakeholders with operationalization of the requirements stated therein.
Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 388-107-0001, 388-107-0080, 388-107-0100, 388-107-0110, 388-107-0120, 388-107-0130, 388-107-0140, 388-107-0150, 388-107-0160, 388-107-0180, 388-107-0190, 388-107-0200, 388-107-0210, 388-107-0240, 388-107-0280, 388-107-0370, 388-107-0390, 388-107-0400, 388-107-0410, 388-107-0420, 388-107-0430, 388-107-0560, 388-107-0770, 388-107-0810, 388-107-0830, 388-107-0890, 388-107-0940, 388-107-0960, and 388-107-1190.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 70.97.230.
Under RCW 34.05.350 the agency for good cause finds that immediate adoption, amendment, or repeal of a rule is necessary for the preservation of the public health, safety, or general welfare, and that observing the time requirements of notice and opportunity to comment upon adoption of a permanent rule would be contrary to the public interest; and that state or federal law or federal rule or a federal deadline for state receipt of federal funds requires immediate adoption of a rule.
Reasons for this Finding: After receiving input from stakeholders, DSHS' residential care services has revised chapter 388-107 WAC to operationalize the enhanced services facilities (ESF) program.
Immediate Adoption is Necessary for Public Safety and General Welfare: The Washington state operating budget directs the department to implement chapter 70.97 RCW, which requires the establishment of ESF. ESFs are intended to relieve pressure on institutional mental health settings such as Eastern and Western state hospitals. If certain patients are relocated to ESFs, more beds will be available to those who need an institutional level of mental health care.
Due to shortage of beds at evaluation and treatment centers and Western and Eastern state hospitals, some patients have been kept in non-psychiatric acute care hospital settings such as emergency rooms and medical surgical units. In the case known as In re: the Detention of D.W, et al. v. Department of Social and Health Service[s], the Washington state supreme court found these placements, known as "psychiatric boarding," to be unconstitutional. In order to comply with D.W, DSHS needs to immediately develop alternatives to institutional mental health settings in order to reduce the need for psychiatric boarding. Therefore, adoption of these rules, which will allow ESFs to become licensed and begin operation, is an urgent and time-sensitive matter of public safety and general welfare.
Immediate Adoption is Necessary to Receive Federal Funds: In order to qualify for federal matching funds, the ESF program must conform to federal CMS/HCBS requirements. These federal requirements became effective after the initial ESF rules were adopted. In order to ensure that payments for ESF services will qualify for federal funding under the HCBS requirements, the proposed rule amendments need to be adopted immediately.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 29, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 29, Repealed 0.
Date Adopted: April 29, 2015.
Katherine I. Vasquez
Rules Coordinator
Reviser's note: The material contained in this filing exceeded the page-count limitations of WAC 1-21-040 for appearance in this issue of the Register. It will appear in the 15-11 issue of the Register.