December 27, 2013_ALF "Dear Administrator" Letters

December 27, 2013

ADSA: ALF #2013-025

Dear Assisted Living Facility Administrator and Interested Parties:

In October 2013, the Department began the rule making process to amend sections of Chapter 388-110 Washington Administrative Code (WAC) to comply with and be consistent with federal regulations and newly passed state law Senate House Bill 2056 to change the term "boarding home" to "assisted living facility" passed in the 2011-2012 legislative session. The scope of this rule making is limited to comply with and be consistent with newly passed state laws.

Recently, the Department filed the CR-102, a more formal phase of the rule making process. The CR-102, including proposed rule language, is available on the ALTSA website at under the heading, "Assisted Living Facility Rule Filings":

You may either submit comments in person at the public hearing listed below or in writing to the Department's Rules and Policies Assistance Unit (RPAU).

The formal hearing for the proposed rules is scheduled:

Date: 02/04/2014 Time: 10: 00 a.m.
Location:   Office Building 2 (
(DSHS Headquarters)
1115 Washington 
Olympia, WA 98504

You must submit written comments by 5:00 p.m. on February 4, 2014, to the following address or by email to Jennisha Johnson at 
DSHS Rules Coordinator /RPAU
PO Box 45850
Olympia WA, 98504-5850

Directions to Office Building 2 can be found: Public parking is available at 11th and Jefferson streets.

If you have any questions about the proposed rules, please contact Jeanette K. Childress, Assisted Living Facility Policy Program Manager at (360) 725-2591 or email at


E. Irene Owens, Interim Director
Residential Care Services