Rules and Policies Assistance Unit

Welcome to the DSHS rule-making home page. This site provides information about Washington State rules (also known as WAC or regulations) administered by DSHS. We are committed to developing and adopting rules that are necessary, fair, understandable, and consistent. RPAU serves as the centralized source of information for all DSHS rules for the public and DSHS staff. We are the official DSHS liaison with the Office of the Code Reviser and the Joint Administrative Rules Review Committee - JARRC.

The Administrative Procedure Act - APA is the state law that outlines the standards DSHS must follow to adopt a rule. The Regulatory Fairness Act requires DSHS to analyze the impact of its rules on small businesses.

The rule-making agenda outlines the rules DSHS currently has in progress.

RPAU offers the following services to inform the public about current DSHS rule making:

Interpretive and policy statements are used by agencies to advise the public of their current opinions, approaches, and likely courses of action.When DSHS issues an interpretive or policy statement, the statement is submitted to the Office of the Code Reviser for publication in the Washington State Register describing the subject matter of the interpretive or policy statement. The statement also contains the name of the person at DSHS you may contact to receive a copy of the interpretive or policy statement. Contact the Rules Consultant, to receive information regarding DSHS Interpretive or Policy Statements.

Additional links you might find helpful:

Joint Legislative Audit Review Committee - JLARC
Code of Federal Regulations - CFRs
Chapter 43.05 RCW (Technical Assistance Programs)

Questions regarding RPAU, e-mail, call or write:

DSHS Rules Coordinator
(360) 664-6097
FAX (360) 664-6185

DSHS Rules and Policies Assistance Unit
PO Box 45850
Olympia, WA 98504-5850