December 26, 2023

Scheduled Hearing Dates: 
December 26, 2023 10:00am

Rule-Making Hearing Docket

Please note: The public hearing on December 26, 2023, will be held online for those interested in attending. Meeting details are as follows:

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Rule Title/Subject Contact Person Washington State Register Citations

WAC 388-310-1600

The department is proposing to amend WAC 388-310-1600, WorkFirst Sanctions. Proposed amendments support implementation of 2SHB 1447 (Chapter 418, Laws of 2023), which adds a good cause reason for failure to participate in WorkFirst program activities if a recipient is experiencing a hardship as defined by the department in rule. Related emergency rules are currently in place (effective July 23, 2023) under WSR 23-16-012.

Jake Deskins (360) 480-3411

Roanne Harris
(360) 870-8059

Preproposal notice filed as WSR 23-13-025;
Proposed rules filed as WSR 23-23-147;
Hearing Date:  December 26, 2023

WAC 388-112A-0800

The department is planning to amend WAC 388-112A-0800 related to adult family home administrator training certification. Rules on this subject are needed due to the lack of alignment between WAC 388-112A-0800 and RCW 70.128.120. Currently, the WAC and the law have conflicting information related to the number of hours of training needed for required adult family home administrator training. This conflict is causing concerns during the adult family home application process because older certificates with fewer hours, while valid, do not meet the hours required in the current rule.  The change will ensure that older certificates, provided they were received through an approved community college program, will be accepted.

Jovi Sanchez 360-725-2254

Preproposal notice filed as WSR 23-17-025; 
Proposed rule filed as WSR 23-23-143;        
Hearing Date: December 26, 2023

Chapters 388-71, 388-112A & 388-115

The department of social and health services (department) is planning to amend WAC sections 388-71-0523, 388-71-0836, 388-71-0837, 388-71-0839, 388-71-0875, 388-71-0880, 388-71-0888, 388-71-0893, 388-71-0975, 388-71-0977, 388-71-0980, 388-71-1001, 388-112A-0010, 388-112A-0110, 388-112A-0115, 388-115-0503, 388-115-0505, 388-115-0520, 388-115-0523, 388-115-0540, 388-115-05410, and repeal section 388-112A-0130 in response and in compliance to E2SHB 1694 (chapter 424, Laws of 2023) passed during the 2023 legislative session.  The changes included the definition of “date of hire”, clarification on when the date of hire may be re-set, and additional family relationships related to long-term care worker training and continuing education requirements. Changes to law related to training and continuing education affect all long-term care workers, and those that fall into newly added familial relationships. The department is also taking this opportunity to make necessary changes related to numerical representation, consistency regarding the Consumer Direct Employer relationship to individual providers, and inclusive language.

Jovi Sanchez 360-725-2254

Preproposal notice filed as WSR 23-15-074; 
Proposed rule filed as WSR 23-23-043;        
Hearing Date: December 26, 2023

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