WSR 19-21-116
(Aging and Long-Term Support Administration)
[Filed October 18, 2019, 9:00 a.m.]
Supplemental Notice to WSR 19-11-105.
Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 19-03-013.
Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: The department is proposing to create new WAC sections in chapter 388-76 WAC, Adult family home minimum licensing requirements, on requirements for notifying the department of information changes and creating a succession plan. The department is also proposing to amend WAC 388-76-10000 Definitions, 388-76-10003 Department access, 388-76-10020 LicenseAbility to provide care and services, 388-76-10035 License requirementsMultiple family home providers, 388-76-10037 License requirementsMultiple adult family homesAdditional homes, 388-76-10060 ApplicationDepartment orientation classRequired, 388-76-10063 ApplicationGeneral training requirements, 388-76-10064 Adult family home administrator training requirements, 388-76-10074 ApplicationWaiver of fees, 388-76-10085 ApplicationIndividual or coprovider, 388-76-10090 ApplicationEntity application, 388-76-10095 ApplicationIdentification of landlordRequired, 388-76-10105 ApplicationChange of ownership, 388-76-10106 Change of ownershipNotice to department and residents, 388-76-10107 Priority processingChange of ownership and relocation, 388-76-10120 LicenseMust be denied, 388-76-10125 LicenseMay be denied, 388-76-10129 QualificationsAdult family home personnel, 388-76-10130 QualificationsProvider, entity representative and resident manager, 388-76-10145 QualificationsLicensed nurse as provider, entity representative, or resident manager, and 388-76-10950 RemediesHistory and actions by individuals.
Hearing Location(s): On December 10, 2019, 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
Date of Intended Adoption: Not earlier than December 11, 2019.
Submit Written Comments to: DSHS Rules Coordinator, P.O. Box 45850, Olympia, WA 98504, email, fax 360-664-6185, by 5:00 p.m., December 10, 2019.
Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Jeff Kildahl, DSHS rules consultant, phone 360-664-6092, fax 360-664-6185, TTY 711 relay service, email, by November 26, 2019.
Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: This proposal came from concerns raised by representatives of the adult family home industry regarding barriers to entry for certain provider and entity types. The proposed rule changes are intended to address these issues and clarify other requirements for licensure that have been ambiguous. The anticipated effect is to reduce regulatory burdens for new qualified providers, increase access to the adult family home industry, and to access beds for residents.
Reasons Supporting Proposal: The expected outcome is increased access to the adult family home market, an increased number of available adult family home beds both for those who are and are not clients of home and community services, decreased application processing wait times, and improved compliance due to better clarity of the regulations. These all fit into the goals and the mission of DSHS. Together, these proposed changes will improve the quality of care for residents and ensure protection of their rights.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 70.128.040, 70.128.060.
Statute Being Implemented: None.
Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.
Name of Proponent: DSHS, governmental.
Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting, Implementation, and Enforcement: Libby Wagner, 20425 72nd Avenue South, Kent, WA 98032, 253-234-6061.
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 Libby Wagner, 20425 72nd Avenue South, Kent, WA 98032, phone 253-234-6061, fax 253-395-5073, email
The proposed rule does not impose more-than-minor costs on businesses. Following is a summary of the agency's analysis showing how costs were calculated. The department looked at costs of training, applications, and time spent on administrative training, and consulted with stakeholders. After examining all the costs, the department determined that costs are either less than minor, optional for a business, or rare, and that the changes will cause more savings than increased costs.
A copy of the detailed cost calculations may be obtained by contacting Libby Wagner, 20425 72nd Avenue South, Kent, WA 98032, phone 253-234-6061, fax 253-395-5073, email
October 16, 2019
Katherine I. Vasquez
Rules Coordinator
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 19-22 issue of the Register.