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Amending WAC 388-310-0200, 388-310-0800, 388-400-0005, 388-400-0010, 388-406-0010 and 388-406-0055

These proposed amendments are necessary to implement the new WorkFirst Orientation as identified in the Governor’s Proposed 2014 Supplemental Budget. The proposed amendments to WAC 388-406-0055, “When do my benefits start?” are necessary as the Health Care Authority (HCA) has re-codified medical assistance programs under Title 182 WAC to comply with 2E2SHB 1738, Laws of 2011, which designated the Health Care Authority (HCA) as the single state agency responsible for the administration and supervision of Washington’s medical assistance programs. Accordingly, the department must eliminate corresponding rules and medical references under Title 388 WAC. Finally, proposed amendments made to WAC 388-406-0055 support the creation of the new Housing and Essential Needs (HEN) Referral Program. This change is necessary to comply with Second House Bill (SHB) 2069, Chapter 10, Laws of 2013.

Jenny Grauym
(360) 725-4583
Preproposal notice filed as WSRs 12-08-063, 13-15-121, 13-15-122 and 14-03-117
Proposed rules filed as WSR 14-07-101
Hearing date: April 22, 2014

Amending WAC 388-450-0195

The department is proposing to amend WAC 388-450-0195 “Does the department use my utility costs when calculating my Basic Food or WASHCAP benefits?” to update the utility allowances for the Washington Basic Food Program to include the Standard Utility Allowance, Limited Utility Allowance and the Telephone Utility Allowance.

Jenny Grayum
(360) 725-4583
Preproposal notice filed as WSR 13-12-074
Proposed rules filed as WSR 14-07-110
Hearing date: April 22, 2014

Amending Chapter 388-71 WAC

The department is amending chapter 388-71 WAC Home and Community Services Programs, and creating chapter 388-113 WAC Disqualifying Crimes and Negative Actions, regarding background checks.

Angel Sulivan
(360) 725-2495
Preproposal notice filed as WSR 13-15.126
Proposed rules filed as WSR 14-05-069
Hearing date: April 22, 2014

Amending section in chapters 388-825, 388-829A, and 388-289C WAC

The purpose for these amendments are to consolidate background check rules and implement uniform criminal history standards between the Aging and Long Term Support Administration (ALTSA) and the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA), which frequently use the same settings and provider pool.

Alan McMullen
(360) 725-3524
Preproposal notice filed as WSR 13-15-125
Proposed rules filed as WSR 14-05-070
Hearing date: April 22, 2014

Amending Chapter 388-78A WAC

The department is amending these rules to support the health and safety of residents living in residential setting, to consolidate various Secretary’s Lists in ALTSA thus providing a uniform background check standard for all caregivers and to reduce the overall costs of processing background checks. In chapter 388-78A WAC, the disqualifying criminal convictions have been moved to a new WAC Chapter, with pending charges added. This requires the amending of the Assisted Living Facility Rules to remove the disqualifying crimes from each applicable section, amend the language to support the reference to the new WAC chapter, and to clarify amendments to the negative actions.

Jeanette Childress
(360) 725-2591
Preproposal notice filed as WSR 13-15-174
Proposed rules filed as WSR 14-05-072
Hearing date: April 22, 2014

Amending Chapter 388-101 WAC

The department is amending these rules to support the health and safety of residents living in residential setting, to consolidate various Secretary’s Lists in ALTSA thus providing a uniform background check standard for all caregivers and to reduce the overall costs of processing background checks. In chapter 388-101 WAC, the disqualifying criminal convictions have been moved to a new WAC Chapter, with pending charges added. This requires the amending of the Certified Community Residential Care Service Rules to remove the disqualifying crimes from each applicable section, amend the language to support the reference to the new WAC chapter, and to clarify amendments to the negative actions.

Jeanette Childress
(360) 725-2591
Preproposal notice filed as WSR 13-15-172
Proposed rules filed as WSR 14-05-073
Hearing date: April 22, 2014

Amending Chapter 388-97 WAC

The department is amending these rules to support the health and safety of residents living in residential settings, to consolidate various Secretary’s Lists in the Aging and Long Term Support Administration (ALTSA) thus providing a uniform background check standard for all caregivers, and to reduce the overall costs of processing background checks. In chapter 388-97 WAC, the disqualifying criminal convictions have been moved to a new chapter, with pending charges added. This requires the amending of the Nursing Home rules to remove the disqualifying crimes from each applicable section, amend the language to support the reference to the new chapter, and to clarify amendments to the negative actions.

Jeanette Childress
(360) 725-2591
Preproposal notice filed as WSR 13-15-170
Proposed rules filed as WSR 14-05-074
Hearing date: April 22, 2014

Amending Chapter 388-76 WAC

The department is amending these rules to support the health and safety of residents living in residential setting, to consolidate various Secretary’s Lists in ALTSA thus providing a uniform background check standard for all caregivers and to reduce the overall costs of processing background checks. In chapter 388-76 WAC, the disqualifying criminal convictions have been moved to a new WAC Chapter, with pending charges added. This requires the amending of the Adult Family Homes Rules to remove the disqualifying crimes from each applicable section, amend the language to support the reference to the new WAC chapter, and to clarify amendments to the negative actions.

Jeanette Childress
(360) 725-2591
Preproposal notice filed as WSR 13-15-173
Proposed rules filed as WSR 14-05-075
Hearing date: April 22, 2014

Amending Chapter 388-06 WAC

The Operations Support and Services Division, Background Check Central Unit, is coordinating with Children’s Administration and Developmental Disabilities Administration to repeal WAC 388-06-0115 and to amend the following sections of Chapter 388-06 WAC related to background checks: WAC 388-06-0010, 388-06-0020, WAC 388-06-0100, WAC 388-06-0110, 388-06-0130, 388-06-0150, 388-06-0160, 388- 06-0170, 388-06-0180, 388-06-0190, 388-06-0210, 388-06-0240, 388-06-0250, 388-06-0525, 388-06-0540.

Cindy LaRose-Eatwell
(360) 902-8072
Preproposal notice filed as WSR 13-15-125
Proposed rules filed as WSR 14-05-066
Hearing date: April 22, 2014

Contact the DSHS Rules Coordinator to:

Rules Coordinator  
Rules and Policies Assistance Unit Phone: (360) 664-6097
PO Box 45850 TTY: (360) 664-6178
Olympia, WA 98504 FAX: (360) 664-6185