WSR 15-19-018
(Developmental Disabilities Administration)
[Filed September 3, 2015, 3:17 p.m.]
Subject of Possible Rule Making: The department plans to adopt new rules in chapter 388-845 WAC related to new Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) waiver amendments to the Basic Plus waiver and Core waiver for wellness education.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 71A.12.030, 34.05.350 (1)(b), 42 C.F.R. 441.510(d).
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The Basic Plus waiver and Core waiver both provide home and community-based services to individuals as an alternative to placement in an intermediate care facility for individuals with intellectual disabilities. CMS approved an amendment that removes personal care services from those waivers, as those services are available through the state's 1915(k) community first choice option program in the medicaid state plan. The CMS amendments also added a new service, wellness education, to both the Basic and Core waivers which provides wellness information to participants designed to assist them in achieving goals identified during their person-centered planning process. The rules to be proposed will support the CMS decision and be in compliance with 42 C.F.R. 441.510(d).
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 Alan McMullen, Developmental Disabilities Administration, P.O. Box 45310, Olympia, WA 98504-5310, phone (360) 725-3524, fax (360) 407-0955, TTY 1-800-833-6388, e-mail
September 3, 2015
Katherine I. Vasquez
Rules Coordinator