Disaster Preparedness Rulemaking- Project 1

The Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) is considering rulemaking to implement specific sections of Substitute House Bill (SHB) 1218 (Chapter 159, Laws of 2021 passed by the legislature during the 2021 legislative session. The rulemaking will focus on disaster preparedness in long-term care settings in order to support providers in protecting the health and safety of residents in times of crisis.

DSHS is conducting rulemaking which may amend the following chapters of rule:

  • Chapter 388-76 WAC, Adult Family Home Minimum Licensing Requirements,
  • Chapter 388-78A WAC, Assisted Living Facility Licensing Rules,
  • Chapter 388-97 WAC, Nursing homes, and
  • Chapter 388-107 WAC, Licensing Requirements for Enhanced Services Facilities

The rule making project filed under WSR 22-04-046 on January 26, 2022 will address the following subjects:

  • Adopt requirements for providers to publicly post stop placement orders, to meet the minimum requirements set forth in SHB 1218.
  • Adopt requirements for providers to create and maintain resident rosters as well as responding to requests from ombuds for roster information. SHB 1218 instructs DSHS to require this from providers.
  • Incorporate new definition of "resident representative" that was updated in SHB 1218.
  • Replace the phrase "his or her" with appropriate gender-neutral terms to have uniformity in language of our rule text and chapter law.


Anticipated Completion Date

Actual Completion Date

Filed CR-101

January 31, 2022

January 26, 2022

Notify Stakeholders of CR-101 filing

February 14, 2022

February 4, 2022

Prepare draft rules and conduct informal stakeholder review and comment

April 1, 2022


Prepare Proposed Rules

May 01, 2022


File CR-102

June 01, 2022


Notify Stakeholders of CR-102 filing

June 15, 2022


Public Hearing

July 5, 2022


Respond to Stakeholder Comments and Prepare Concise Explanatory Statement

July 31, 2022


File CR-103

July 29, 2022


Notify Stakeholders of CR-103 filing

August 14, 2022


Prepare draft rules and conduct information stakeholder review and comment

August 15, 2022  

Rule Effective

August 29, 2022


Prepare proposed rules October 28, 2022  

Amy Grimsley
Disaster Preparedness Policy Program Manager RCS Policy Unit
(o) 360.725.2488 / (c) 360.688.3041