June 27, 2012_ALF "Dear Administrator" Letters

June 27, 2012

ADSA:  ALF #2012-009
CR-103 filed to extend expiration date of Emergency Rules

Dear Assisted Living Facility Administrator:

The purpose of this letter is to inform you that the Department has filed an emergency rule extension for chapter 388-78A WAC (Boarding Homes) in order to comply with Initiative 1163. 

As you may recall, at the beginning of March, the Department sent you a letter (BH #2012-003) related to Initiative 1163, which requires national fingerprint background checks for long-term care workers hired after January 7, 2012.   

Emergency rules are temporary in nature and expire in 120 days.  The Department has taken steps to adopt the related permanent rules but the rules will not take effect before the emergency rule expires.  Therefore, the Department has filed an emergency rule extension.

The link to the CR-103E document and the rule text are available on the ADSA website at http://www.adsa.dshs.wa.gov/professional/bh.htm under the heading "Assisted Living Facility Rule Filings".


Joyce Pashley Stockwell, Director
Residential Care Services