WSR 18-21-126
[Filed October 18, 2018, 1:56 p.m.]
Subject of Possible Rule Making: Background checks and group care facility licensing.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 43.43.832, 74.15.010, 74.15.030, 74.15.040, 74.15.090, 74.13.031, 74.39A.056, and 43.43.832, chapter 43.216 RCW, and P.L. 115-123.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: To comply with the Family First Prevention Services Act and preserve continued Title IV-E funding, rules must be adopted that will subject each individual working in a department of children, youth, and families (DCYF) licensed group care facility to a fingerprint based background check and out-of-state child abuse and neglect history check of every state in which the individual lived in the five years preceding submission of the background check application. Rules are also necessary to establish conditions under which the department will allow an individual to have unsupervised access to children on a provisional basis pending the results of a Federal Bureau of Investigation background check. Other housekeeping edits are being made.
Process for Developing New Rule: To the extent practicable, DCYF intends to seek stakeholder and public input during the rule development and drafting process. At a later date, DCYF will file proposed rules, hold a public hearing, and accept written comments before adopting permanent rules.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting DCYF Rules Coordinator, P.O. Box 40975, Olympia, WA 98504-0975, phone 360-902-7956, fax 360-902-7903, email, web site,
October 18, 2018
Brenda Villarreal
Rules Coordinator