WSR 16-20-023
(Aging and Long-Term Support Administration)
[Filed September 27, 2016, 10:44 a.m.]
Subject of Possible Rule Making: The department is proposing to add new sections, repeal existing sections, and amend sections in chapter 388-78A WAC, Assisted living facility licensing rules, including WAC 388-78A-2380, 388-78A-2680, 388-78A-2690, 388-78A-2700, 388-78A-2750, WAC 388-78A-2800, 388-78A-2810, 388-78A-2820, 388-78A-2830, 388-78A-2840, 388-78A-2850, 388-78A-2860, 388-78A-2870, 388-78A-2880, 388-78A-2890, 388-78A-2900, 388-78A-2910, 388-78A-2920, 388-78A-2930, 388-78A-2940, 388-78A-2950, 388-78A-2960, 388-78A-2970, 388-78A-2980, 388-78A-2990, 388-78A-3000, 388-78A-3010, 388-78A-3020, 388-78A-3030, 388-78A-3040, 388-78A-3050, 388-78A-3060, 388-78A-3070, 388-78A-3080, 388-78A-3090, 388-78A-3100, 388-78A-3110, 388-78A-3120, 388-78A-3130, 388-78A-3230, and other related rules as may be required.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: Chapters 18.20, 74.39A RCW.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: These rules have not been updated in seven or more years and are unclear, ambiguous, and inaccurate. The rules need to be coordinated with national building code standards for licensed health care facilities of this type.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: The Washington department of health, construction review services and the Washington state patrol, office of the state fire marshal collaborate and coordinate closely with the department of social and health services (DSHS), residential care services to inspect and develop requirements for the physical environment described in chapter 388-78A WAC, Assisted living facility licensing rules. This collaboration may also include identifying coordination opportunities for related WAC chapters as necessary for future rule projects.
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 Jeanette K. Childress, Assisted Living Facility Policy Program Manager, Aging and Long-Term Support Administration, Residential Care Services, P.O. Box 45600, Olympia, WA 98504-5600, phone (360) 725-2591, fax (360) 438-7903, e-mail
September 27, 2016
Katherine I. Vasquez
Rules Coordinator