PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
[Filed July 1, 2021, 11:33 a.m.]
Subject of Possible Rule Making: The department is considering amending WAC 388-97-1080 Nursing services, 388-97-1090 Direct care hours, and other related rules as may be necessary to implement ESHB 1120 (chapter 203, Laws of 2021).
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 74.42.620
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: This rule making is necessary to implement ESHB 1120 (chapter 203, Laws of 2021). The amendments to WAC 388-97-1080 will reestablish requirements for registered nurse (RN) staffing levels in nursing homes, and the exception process for the RN standard. The amendments to WAC 388-97-1090 will reestablish requirements for direct care staffing, as well as associated oversight activities and penalties for noncompliance. These rules were held in suspension during the COVID-19 pandemic, in accordance with Governor's Proclamation 20-18.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: Not applicable.
Process for Developing New Rule: The department will use a collaborative rule-making process to develop and receive comments on the draft rules. Draft material and information about how to participate in the rule-making process may be obtained from the department representative listed below.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Lisa Herke, Policy Program Manager, P.O. Box 45600, Olympia, WA 98513, phone 509-209-3088, fax 360-725-3224, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
July 1, 2021
Katherine I. Vasquez