Office of Policy and Rules


The Office of Policy and Rules includes the Board of Appeals (BOA), the department’s Combined Fund Drive (CFD), the Public Safety Review Panel (PSRP), and the Rules and Policies Assistance Unit (RPAU).

BOA reviews administrative hearing decisions issued by Administrative Law Judges at the Office of Administrative Hearings. CFD oversees the department’s annual giving campaign for DSHS employees and retirees. The PSRP completes independent assessments of the public safety risk posed by proposed changes in commitment status for patients found Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity or not competent to stand trial for a violent offense, and provides written advice and recommendations to the Secretary and the courts. RPAU oversees the department’s rule-making process and is the DSHS liaison with the Office of the Code Reviser and the Joint Administrative Rules Review Committee (JARRC).