CHILDREN, YOUTH, AND FAMILIES
[Filed March 28, 2019, 10:49 a.m., effective March 31, 2019]
Effective Date of Rule: March 31, 2019.
Purpose: Establish (1) conditions under which families may participate in the working connections child care program regardless of employment status; (2) the copayment for these families; and (3) a requirement that child care providers for these families be enrolled in and meeting the requirements of the early achievers program (Washington state's quality rating and improvement system for child care).
Citation of Rules Affected by this Order: New WAC 110-15-0024.
Other Authority: Public Law 113-186.
Under RCW 34.05.350
the agency for good cause finds that state or federal law or federal rule or a federal deadline for state receipt of federal funds requires immediate adoption of a rule.
Reasons for this Finding: Chapter 9, Laws of 2017 (SHB 2624), effective December 1, 2018, directs the department to establish and implement policies in the working connections child care program to allow eligibility for certain families with children who receive child protective services, child welfare services, or services through a family assessment response in the six months before the families' applications for benefits. This emergency rule was previously filed under WSR 18-24-076 and is being extended as the department is completing the permanent rule-making process.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at the Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's own Initiative: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Date Adopted: November 30, 2018.
WAC 110-15-0024Categorical eligibility for families receiving child protective, child welfare, or family assessment response services.
(1) Families with children who have received child protective services as defined and used by chapters 26.44
RCW, child welfare services as defined and used by chapter 74.13
RCW, or services through a family assessment response, as defined and used by chapter 26.44
RCW in the six months previous to application or reapplication for working connections child care (WCCC) benefits are eligible for WCCC benefits for a twelve-month period if, in addition the:
(a) Consumer is a Washington resident;
(b) Family has been referred for child care as part of the family's case management as defined by RCW 74.13.020
(c) Child or children are residing with a biological parent or guardian.
(2) Families eligible for WCCC under this section will:
(a) Have no copayment;
(b) Be authorized for full-time child care regardless of participation in an approved activity; and
(c) Be eligible to have benefits paid only to a licensed, certified, or contracted child care provider that meets the requirements in WAC 110-15-0125.