Disaster Preparedness Rulemaking- Project 2

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 EAV, Nursing homes, and
  • Chapter 388-107 WAC, Licensing Requirements for Enhanced Services Facilities

The rule making project filed under WSR 22-04-047 on January 26, 2022 will address the following subjects:

  • Facility communication system, resident access to communications, and facility responsiveness to outside communications.
  • Comprehensive disaster preparedness plans, and related policies and procedures, and equipment for a range of potential hazards, emergencies, and disasters.
  • Visitation of essential support persons.
  • Resident’s rights to a safe and healthy environment.

 

Meeting Title

Meeting Notes

Parking Lot Items

Wednesday, May 18th, 2022, 1:30pm-3:30pm

SHB 1218 Disaster Preparedness Rule Making Kickoff Meeting

Meeting Notes
Meeting Slides

 

Wednesday, June 15th, 2022, 1:30pm-3:30pm

SHB 1218 Disaster Preparedness Rule Making Workgroup

Meeting Notes
Meeting Slides

 

Wednesday, July 20, 2022, 1:30pm-3:30 pm

SHB 1218 Disaster Preparedness Rule Making Workgroup

Meeting Notes
Meeting Slides
Gap Analysis

 
Wednesday, August 17, 2022, 1:30-3:30 pm

SHB 1218 Disaster Preparedness Rule Making Workgroup

Meeting Notes
Meeting Slides
 
September 21, 2022, 1:30pm-3:30pm SHB 1218 Disaster Preparedness Rule Making Workgroup Meeting Notes
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Activity

Anticipated Completion Date

Actual Completion Date

File CR-101

Jan 31, 2022

Jan 26, 2022

Notify stakeholders

Feb 14, 2022

Feb 4, 2022

Create stakeholder workgroup

April 1, 2022

April 29, 2022

Communication systems, resident access, facility policies, etc.

June 15, 2022

 

Visitation Aug 15, 2022  
Safe and healthy environment Nov 15, 2022  
Disaster plans April 15, 2023  

Review draft rules with ALTSA/RCS leadership

May 2023

 

Conduct informal stakeholder rule review and comment

June 2023

 

Prepare proposed rules and required analyses

July 2023

 

File CR-102

Aug 2023

 

Notify Stakeholders

Aug 2023

 

Hold Public Hearing

Sept 2023

 

Prepare Concise Explanatory Statement

Oct 2023

 

File CR-103

Nov 2023

 

Notify stakeholders

Nov 2023

 

Rule Effective

Dec 2023

 

Brian N. Laughlin
Disaster Preparedness Policy Program Manager RCS Policy Unit
(360) 867-8247
brian.laughlin@dshs.wa.gov