May 24, 2016

Scheduled Hearing Dates: 
May 24, 2016 10:00am

Rule-Making Hearing Docket

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Select the WAC number to view or print a copy of the CR-102 form and the rule text. Send all comments on the rule to the Rules Coordinator. If you have questions about the rule send a message to the contact person.

Rule Title/Subject Contact Person Washington State Register Citations

Chapter 388-70 WAC

The department is proposing these changes to match requirements in chapter 13.38 RCW, the Washington State Indian Child Welfare Act,  and the federal Indian Child Welfare Act, 25 U.S.C. Chapter 21, as well as to reflect changes in Children’s Administration policy. Currently, the definition of Indian child and the application of the Local Indian Child Welfare Advisory Committee (LICWAC) processes are contrary to state and federal law. Updates to each of these WAC sections will harmonize the WAC sections with state and federal law.

Juliette Knight
(360) 902-7578
Preproposal filed as WSR 15-11-090
Proposed rules filed as WSR 16-09-025
Hearing Date: May 24, 2016

Chapter 388-865, 875, 877, 877A, 877B, 877C WAC

The department determined while in the permanent rule adoption process, that the rules would be significant rules requiring a Small Business Economic Impact Statement and Cost Benefit analysis. Because of that, the department is filing this supplemental CR-102 and completed the Cost Benefit Analysis and Small Business Economic Impact Statement. The permanent rule filed as part of this supplemental process will replace the emergency rule filed to be effective April 1, 2016. These rules support the requirements in 2SSB 6312, Chapter 225, Laws of 2014 which requires the renaming of Regional Support Networks (RSN) to Behavioral Health Organizations (BHO) effective April 1, 2016. The anticipated effect is to ensure BHOs provide or contract with behavioral health agencies to provide both substance use disorder treatment services and mental health services to individuals who need these services. An RSN currently provides only mental health services. Changes include updating definitions of "mental health professional" and "peer counselor", moving grievance system rules from chapter 388-877A WAC to chapter 388-877 WAC, and changing a grievance system rule concerning when a "notice of action" should be sent. Finally, processes and editing changes are made to provide clarification and consistency within the rules.

Kathy Sayre
(360) 725-1342
Preproposal notice filed as WSR 15-18-035
Proposed rules filed as WSR 16-07-152
Hearing Date: May 24, 2016

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Rules Coordinator

Rules and Policies Assistance Unit
Phone: (360) 664-6097
PO Box 45850
TTY: (360) 664-6178
Olympia, WA 98504
FAX: (360) 664-6185