SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Developmental Disabilities Administration)
[Filed August 21, 2018, 11:27 a.m.]
Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 17-16-149.
Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: The department is proposing to amend chapter 388-829C WAC, Companion homes.
Hearing Location(s): On October 9, 2018, at 10:00 a.m., at Office Building 2, Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) Headquarters, 1115 Washington, Olympia, WA 98504. Public parking at 11th and Jefferson. A map is available at https://www.dshs.wa.gov/sesa/rules-and-policies-assistance-unit/driving-directions-office-bldg-2.
Date of Intended Adoption: Not earlier than October 10, 2018.
Submit Written Comments to: DSHS Rules Coordinator, P.O. Box 45850, Olympia, WA 98504, email DSHSRPAURulesCoordinator@dshs.wa.gov, fax 360-664-6185, by 5:00 p.m., October 9, 2018.
Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Jeff Kildahl, DSHS rules consultant, phone 360-664-6092, fax 360-664-6185, TTY 711 relay service, email Kildaja@dshs.wa.gov, by September 25, 2018.
Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: Substantive changes to the proposed companion home rules address the following subjects: The application and certification processes to become a companion home provider; the process for determining the provider's daily rate; provider responsibilities while using respite; the process for determining a companion home client's annual respite allocation; when a companion home provider may request additional respite hours; the effect of additional respite hours on the provider's daily rate; violations of the room and board agreement; requiring an individual financial plan; transferring client funds; protecting clients from water hazards; records the provider must maintain; and informal dispute resolution processes. Most of the chapter has been rewritten to clarify requirements, and some sections have been repealed with the content added to other sections.
Reasons Supporting Proposal: The developmental disabilities administration (DDA) is proposing to amend chapter 388-829C WAC to make several policy updates to how residential habilitation services are delivered in the companion home setting. These amendments are necessary because these rules have not been updated in seven or more years. See purpose statement above for a list of substantive changes.
Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.
Name of Proponent: DSHS, governmental.
Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting: Chantelle Diaz, P.O. Box 45310, Olympia, WA 98504-5310, 360-407-1589; Implementation and Enforcement: Kelly Hampton, P.O. Box 45310, Olympia, WA 98504-5310, 360-407-1514.
A school district fiscal impact statement is not required under RCW 28A.305.135
A cost-benefit analysis is required under RCW 34.05.328
.A preliminary cost-benefit analysis may be obtained by contacting Chantelle Diaz, P.O. Box 45310, Olympia, WA 98504-5310, phone 360-407-1589, fax 360-407-0955, TTY 1-800-833-6388, email Chantelle.Diaz@dshs.
This rule proposal, or portions of the proposal, is exempt from requirements of the Regulatory Fairness Act because the proposal:
Is exempt under RCW 19.85.025
(5) because the department prepared an analysis under RCW 34.05.328
Explanation of exemptions: The proposed amendments do not impose more-than-minor costs on small businesses so a small business economic impact statement is not required.
August 16, 2018
Katherine I. Vasquez
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 18-18
issue of the Register.