Sunday, April 15, 2018

Timely: Rules are changing that affect people with DD

  • The Developmental Disability Administration, Health Care Authority, and Aging and Long-term  Supports Administration are asking for feedback on rule changes

When legislation is passed, the agencies charged with carrying out the law set rules that clarify details. Rules can have a tremendous impact on how a law is applied. There are a several rules processes underway now that you may want to comment on.

Developmental Disability Administration

Revised rules are being set for DDA administered home- and community-based waivers. These include:
  • Individual and Family Support
  • Basic Plus
  • Core
  • Children’s Intensive In-Home Behavior Supports (CIIBS) 
  • Community Protection
Changes involve definitions and services covered.
There will be a public hearing on these proposed changes May 22 at DSHS Headquarters in Olympia. For more information, contact Chantelle Diazchantelle, or (360) 407-1589.

Health Care Authority

New rules rules are being set by the HCA for:
  • Hearing aids
  • Inpatient rates
  • Applied behavior analysis
You can find more information about these HCA changes here.
You can find more general information about rule making on the HCA Rulemaking page. That page also provides links to all of the rules they are working on and upcoming hearings.

Aging and Long-Term Supports

Daily Medicaid rates are being updated for clients who have been assessed using the CARE tool and reside at an Adult Family Home or assisted living facility contracted to provide assisted living, adult residential care, or enhanced adult residential care services. Rate changes will be effective July 1, 2018.

To view the proposed changes, please visit WSR 18-08-076. For more information, contact
Elizabeth Pashley, 360-725-2447,