SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Developmental Disabilities Administration)
[Filed September 16, 2019, 11:52 a.m., effective October 17, 2019]
Effective Date of Rule: Thirty-one days after filing.
Purpose: The department is amending WAC 388-823-0500 to expand the list of professionals from whom the developmental disabilities administration accepts a diagnosis of autism. These amendments add licensed physicians associated with an autism center, developmental center, or center of excellence, as well as advanced registered nurse practitioners associated with a center of excellence.
Citation of Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 388-823-0500.
Adopted under notice filed as WSR 19-16-132 on August 6, 2019.
A final cost-benefit analysis is available 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.wa.gov.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at the Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's own Initiative: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.
Date Adopted: September 16, 2019.
Katherine I. Vasquez
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 14-12-046, filed 5/29/14, effective 7/1/14)
WAC 388-823-0500How do I show that I have autism as an eligible condition?
((In order))To be considered for eligibility under the condition of autism you must be age four or older and have a diagnosis by a qualified professional which meets the conditions in subsection (1) or (2) of this section, as well as subsections (3), (4), and (5) of this section:
(1) Autistic disorder 299.00 per the diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders, fourth edition, text revision (DSM-IV-TR)((,)); or
(2) Autism spectrum disorder 299.00 per the diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders, fifth edition (DSM-5), with a severity level of 2 or 3 in both columns of the severity level scale.
(3) The condition is expected to continue indefinitely with evidence of onset before age three.
(4) An acceptable diagnostic report includes documentation of all diagnostic criteria specified in the DSM-IV-TR or DSM-5.
(5) DDA will accept a diagnosis from any of the following professionals:
(a) Board certified neurologist;
(b) Board certified psychiatrist;
(c) Licensed psychologist;
(d) Advanced registered nurse practitioner (ARNP) associated with an autism center ((or)), developmental center, or center of excellence;
(e) Licensed physician associated with an autism center, developmental center, or center of excellence; or
(((e)))(f) Board certified developmental and behavioral pediatrician.