SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Aging and Long-Term Support Administration)
[Filed August 16, 2022, 9:30 a.m.]
Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 22-03-046.
Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: The department is planning to: Amend WAC 388-71-0837, 388-71-0839, 388-71-0841, 388-71-0846, 388-71-0850, 388-71-0855, 388-71-0860, 388-71-0875, 388-71-0906, 388-71-0911, 388-71-0916, 388-71-0932, 388-71-0936, 388-71-0941, 388-71-0946, 388-71-0970, 388-71-0971, 388-71-0973, 388-71-0980, 388-71-0985, 388-71-0990, 388-71-0991, 388-71-1001, 388-71-1026, 388-71-1031, 388-71-1045, 388-71-1050, 388-71-1051, 388-71-1055, 388-71-1060, 388-71-1064, 388-71-1076, 388-71-1091, 388-71-1096, 388-71-1106, 388-71-1111, 388-71-1120, 388-71-1125, 388-71-1130, 388-112A-0105, 388-112A-0110, 388-112A-0115, 388-112A-0120, 388-112A-0125, 388-112A-0130, 388-112A-0200, 388-112A-0210, 388-112A-0220, 388-112A-0310, 388-112A-0320, 388-112A-0330, 388-112A-0520, 388-112A-0550, 388-112A-0560, 388-112A-0580, 388-112A-0610, 388-112A-0611, 388-112A-0612, 388-112A-0920, 388-112A-0940, 388-112A-0950, 388-112A-1010, 388-112A-1020, 388-112A-1230, 388-112A-1240, 388-112A-1250, 388-112A-1270, 388-112A-1285, 388-112A-1292, 388-112A-1300, and 388-112A-1310.
Repeal WAC 388-71-058329, 388-71-05833, 388-71-05834, 388-71-0921, 388-71-0931, 388-71-0951, 388-71-1006, 388-71-1021, 388-71-1083, 388-112A-0240, 388-112A-0350, 388-112A-0480, 388-112A-0530, 388-112A-0540, 388-112A-0585, 388-112A-0620, and 388-112A-0840.
New WAC 388-71-0958 Is there a challenge test for nurse delegation core or specialized diabetes training?, 388-71-0961 What knowledge and skills must nurse delegation core training include?, 388-71-0962 What knowledge and skills must specialized diabetes nurse delegation training include?, 388-71-1067 What are the minimum qualifications for community instructors for mental health specialty training?, 388-71-1068 What are the minimum qualifications for community instructors for dementia specialty training?, 388-71-1069 What are the minimum qualifications for community instructors to teach expanded specialty trainings?, and 388-112A-0118 What documentation is required for completion of each training?
Hearing Location(s): On October 25, 2022, at 10:00 a.m., at Office Building 2, Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) Headquarters, 1115 Washington [Street S.E.], Olympia, WA 98504. Public parking at 11th and Jefferson. A map is available at https://www.dshs.wa.gov/office-of-the-secretary/driving-directions-office-bldg-2; or virtually. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, hearings are held virtually, see the DSHS website for the most current information.
Date of Intended Adoption: Not earlier than October 26, 2022.
Submit Written Comments to: DSHS Rules Coordinator, P.O. Box 45850, Olympia, WA 98504, email DSHSRPAURulesCoordinator@dshs.wa.gov, fax 360-664-6185, by 5:00 p.m. on October 25, 2022.
Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact DSHS rules consultant, phone 360-664-6036, fax 360-664-6185, TTY 711 relay service, email firstname.lastname@example.org, by 5:00 p.m. on October 11, 2022.
Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: Training requirements for all long-term care workers are regulated by the same policies. Long-term care workers who work in home environments are regulated under chapter 388-71 WAC, while workers in assisted living facilities, enhanced services facilities, and adult family homes are regulated under chapter 388-112A WAC. As a result of many years of amendments and additions to rules that were not done in concert between the two chapters, the language between chapters 388-71 and 388-112A WAC have diverged, resulting in significant differences. These differences cause unnecessary confusion. The modifications contained in this proposal will not change policy or practice, but will reconcile the differences, update language, and create more current and uniform policies for long-term care workers. Amendments fall under the following categories: Changing numbers over 10 to numbers rather than words; adding rules to chapter 388-71 WAC that are already in place in chapter 388-112A WAC, but should be in both training sections; moving rules to new, more logical locations; clarifying language suggested by stakeholders; making wording between chapters more consistent; gender equity changes; consolidating several redundant rules into a single rule; changing "70-hour long-term care basic training" to "70-hour home care aide basic training"; correction of typographical and other unintended errors; and anticipation of a future department of health rule change related to the date of hire.
Reasons Supporting Proposal: See purpose above.
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: David Chappell, P.O. Box 45600, Olympia, WA 98504-5600, 360-725-2366.
A school district fiscal impact statement is not required under RCW 28A.305.135
A cost-benefit analysis is not required under RCW 34.05.328
. Exempt under RCW 34.05.328
(5)(b)(iv), rules that only correct typographical errors, make address or name changes, or clarify language of a rule without changing its effect.
This rule proposal, or portions of the proposal, is exempt from requirements of the Regulatory Fairness Act because the proposal:
Explanation of exemptions: Rules that only correct typographical errors, make address or name changes, or clarify language of a rule without changing its effect.
Scope of exemption for rule proposal:
Is fully exempt.
August 12, 2022
Katherine I. Vasquez
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