WSR 19-21-059
[Filed October 11, 2019, 11:20 a.m., effective November 11, 2019]
Effective Date of Rule: Thirty-one days after filing.
Purpose: For the family reconciliation services program, amend the eligibility age of adolescents from "thirteen through seventeen years of age" to "twelve through seventeen years old" to give program staff greater flexibility when determining which families are eligible to receive services; repeal sections that pertain to home support services following the program's elimination; and make technical changes necessary following the decodification of chapter 388-32 WAC and its recodification to Title 110 WAC.
Citation of Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 110-40-0101, 110-40-0102 and 110-40-0103; and amending WAC 110-40-0020 and 110-40-0030.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 74.13.031.
Adopted under notice filed as WSR 19-16-042 on July 29, 2019.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at the Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's own Initiative: New 0, Amended 2, Repealed 3.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: October 11, 2019.
Brenda Villarreal
Rules Coordinator
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 18-14-078, filed 6/29/18, effective 7/1/18)
WAC 110-40-0020Who may receive FRS services?
(1) ((CA))DCYF provides FRS to adolescents((, thirteen))twelve through seventeen years ((of age,))old and their families, in instances where ((the adolescent has))adolescents have runaway ((and/or is))or are otherwise in conflict with ((his/her family))their families. These populations are defined as follows:
"Families in conflict" means families in which personal or family situations present a serious and imminent threat to the health or stability of the child, which may include an at-risk youth, or family.
"Runaways" means youths who are absent from home for a period of time without parental permission. Services are to actual runaways and not to threatened runaways, unless the threatened runaways meet the definition of families in conflict.
(2) FRS is not provided for any of the following situations, unless the family is seeking an at-risk youth (ARY) or a child-in-need-of-services (CHINS) family assessment:
(a) ((The identified youth has not reached his/her thirteenth birthday, or the youth is eighteen years of age or older;
(b))) Chronic or long-term multiproblem situations requiring long-term interventions;
(((c)))(b) Custody and marital disputes unless the dispute creates a conflict between the child and parent with physical custody;
(((d)))(c) Families currently receiving counseling services related to the parent-child conflict/relationship from other agencies;
(((e)))(d) Child abuse and neglect cases, unless those cases meet the definition of family in conflict; or
(((f)))(e) Youth receiving foster care or group care services or follow up to those services.
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 18-14-078, filed 6/29/18, effective 7/1/18)
WAC 110-40-0030What FRS does the department provide?
The assigned ((social worker))caseworker provides family reconciliation services (FRS) to develop skills and supports within families to resolve family conflicts, achieve a reconciliation between parent and child, and to avoid out-of-home placement. The services may include, but are not limited to, referral to services for suicide prevention, psychiatric or other medical care, or psychological, financial, legal, educational, or other social services, as appropriate to the needs of the child and family. Typically FRS is completed within a thirty-day period. ((Children's administration (CA)))The department provides intake and assessment services (IAS).
(1) Youth and their families who call or self-present at a ((children's administration))DCYF central intake or local office requesting FRS must be provided assistance in contacting the appropriate ((children's administration's))DCYF intake services to make a formal request for FRS.
(2) The FRS ((social worker))caseworker must contact the family within twenty-four hours of ((their)) assignment to the case to schedule an appointment to begin the family interview and assessment.
(3) FRS is intended to defuse the immediate potential for violence, assess problems, and explore options leading to problem resolution.
(4) Families who require more intensive interventions than those provided by the FRS ((social worker))caseworker may be referred to a contracted provider for services. The family must make a commitment to participate in the contracted services.
The following sections of the Washington Administrative Code are repealed:
WAC 110-40-0101
What are home support services?
WAC 110-40-0102
What are the eligibility criteria for HSS?
WAC 110-40-0103
What are home based services and under what circumstances may the department provide the services to the child's parent or relative caregiver?