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Washington Administrative Codes (WACs)

DBHR has three chapters of rules in the Washington Administrative Code (WAC). DBHR works with its stakeholders and the department's Rules and Policies Assistance Unit to ensure rules are written in compliance with the Administrative Procedures Act and the principles of Regulatory Improvement, Regulatory Reform, Clear Rule Writing, and Plain Talk. For questions about WAC changes, call or e-mail  Deb Cummins, Certification Policy Manager at 360-725-3716.

  • WAC 388-800  Chemical Dependency Assistance Programs -- ADATSA, the Alcohol and Drug Addiction Treatment and Support Act, is a legislative enactment providing state-financed treatment and support to chemically dependent indigent persons.
  • WAC 388-805 (effective 1/1/2009)  Certification Requirements for Chemical Dependency Service Providers.  These rules describe the standards and processes necessary to be a certified chemical dependency treatment program. The rules have been adopted under the authority and purposes of the following chapters of law in the Revised Code of Washington (RCW) or in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). WAC Implementation Guide   
  • WAC 388-810 Administration of County Chemical Dependency Prevention, Treatment, and Support Program (Re the County-State Relationship). The purpose of this chapter is to describe the planning, contracting, and provision of chemical dependency prevention, treatment, and support services through counties (see RCW 70.96A ).

DOH WACs Related to Chemical Dependency Treatment:

  • WAC 246-337     Residential Treatment Facilities
  • WAC 246-811     Chemical Dependency Professionals
  • WAC 246-810     Registered Counselors
  • WAC 246-15       Whistleblower Complaints in Health Care Settings
    (Note: Effective June 12, 2008, as a result of Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 6776, which passed during the 2008 Legislative Session, the state of Washington Employee Whistleblower Program changed.  One of the most significant changes in the bill expands the responsibility for taking whistleblower assertions to every state government agency in Washington.)

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