May 6, 2014_ ALF "Dear Administrator" Letters

May 6, 2014

ALTSA:  ALF #2014-002

Dear Assisted Living Facility Administrator:

In October 2013, Residential Care Services (RCS) informed you about proposed amendments to chapter 388-110 Washington Administrative Code (WAC), Contracted Residential Care Services.  Rulemaking at this time was limited to changing the term "boarding home" (BH) to "assisted living facility" (ALF) throughout chapter 388-110 WAC, to comply with Substitute House Bill (SHB) 2056 – chapter 10, Laws of 2012.

The department recently filed the final Rule-Making Order (CR-103P) for amendments to chapter 388-110 WAC with the Office of the Code Reviser.  The rules became effective on April 7, 2014 and are published in the Washington State Register as WSR 14-07-021.

The CR103P document and the new language are posted on the ALTSA website under "Rule Filings":

Please note that the rule language has been "codified" and merged into the existing WAC chapter on line; you may read and print out the entire chapter by visiting

Thank you for your continued commitment to the care of long-term care residents in our state.  If you have any questions, please contact your RCS Field.


Carl I. Walters II, Director
Residential Care Services