WSR 16-15-060
(Developmental Disabilities Administration)
[Filed July 18, 2016, 9:50 a.m.]
Original Notice.
Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 16-09-046.
Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: The department is proposing to amend WAC 388-845-2280 What is wellness education? and 388-845-2285 Are there limits to wellness education?
Hearing Location(s): Office Building 2, DSHS Headquarters, 1115 Washington, Olympia, WA 98504 (public parking at 11th and Jefferson. A map is available at, on August 23, 2016, at 10:00 a.m.
Date of Intended Adoption: Not earlier than August 24, 2016.
Submit Written Comments to: DSHS Rules Coordinator, P.O. Box 45850, Olympia, WA 98504, e-mail, fax (360) 664-6185, by 5:00 p.m., August 23, 2016.
Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Jeff Kildahl, DSHS rules consultant, by August 9, 2016, phone (360) 664-6092, TTY (360) 664-6178, or e-mail
Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approved an additional service to the Individual and Family Services (IFS) 1915(c) waiver. Wellness education was added and allows the developmental disabilities administration (DDA) to provide wellness information to waiver participants to assist them in achieving goals identified during their person-centered planning process.
Reasons Supporting Proposal: CMS approved the addition of Wellness Education to the 1915(c) Individual and Family Services Waiver. This change will allow DDA to receive federal matching funds for these waivered services while providing additional services to eligible clients of DDA.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 71A.12.030.
Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.
Name of Proponent: DSHS, governmental.
Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting, Implementation, and Enforcement: Ann Whitehall, DDA, P.O. Box 45310, Olympia 98504-5310, (360) 725-3445.
No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. The proposed rules will have no effect on small businesses. They only impact DSHS clients.
A cost-benefit analysis is not required under RCW 34.05.328. The proposed rules are exempt under RCW 34.05.328 (5)(b)(vii) and relate only to client medical eligibility.
July 13, 2016
Katherine I. Vasquez
Rules Coordinator
AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending WSR 16-05-053, filed 2/11/16, effective 3/13/16)
WAC 388-845-2280 What is wellness education?
Wellness education provides you with monthly individualized printed educational materials designed to assist you in managing health related issues and achieving wellness goals identified in your person-centered service plan that address your health and safety issues. Individualized educational materials are developed by the state, other content providers, and the contracted wellness education provider. This service is available on the basic plus, individual and family services, and core waivers.
AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending WSR 16-05-053, filed 2/11/16, effective 3/13/16)
WAC 388-845-2285 Are there limits to wellness education?
Wellness education is a once a month service. In the basic plus waiver, you are limited to the aggregate service expenditure limits defined in WAC 388-845-0210. The dollar amount for your individual and family services (IFS) waiver annual allocation defined in WAC 388-845-0230 limits the amount of service you may receive.