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WAC 246-335-045: Department responsibilities


Published: 2015

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246-335-040    

246-335-050







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WAC 246-335-045









Department responsibilities.









(1) The department may, in accordance with chapter 70.127 RCW:
(a) Issue an initial license including the in-home services category(ies) and department approved service area(s), if applicable, for twelve months following submission of a completed application and appropriate fee, and following a survey that documents the applicant meets all the requirements of this chapter;
(b) Issue a renewal license including the in-home services category(ies) and department approved service area(s), if applicable, for a twenty-four month period following submission of a completed application and appropriate fee;
(c) Issue a license for change of ownership including the in-home services category(ies) and department approved service area(s), if applicable, to the new licensee for the remainder of the current license period following submission of the required information and appropriate fee, under WAC 246-335-035.
(2) The department may:
(a) Conduct surveys at any time and at least once during a licensure period to determine compliance with chapter 70.127 RCW and this chapter, except for agencies with deemed status under WAC 246-335-050 (2) and (3);
(b) Conduct one licensing survey inclusive of all in-home services categories;
(c) Investigate any person suspected of:
(i) Advertising, operating, managing, conducting, opening or maintaining an in-home services agency or providing in-home services, including hospice care center services, without a license unless exempt from licensure under RCW 70.127.040 and 70.127.050; or
(ii) Survey a licensee at anytime if the department has reason to believe the licensee is providing unsafe, insufficient, inadequate or inappropriate care;
(d) Investigate allegations of noncompliance with RCW 43.43.830 through 43.43.845, when necessary, in consultation with law enforcement personnel;
(e) Require licensees to complete additional disclosure statements and background inquiries for an individual associated with the licensee or having direct contact with children under sixteen years of age, people with developmental disabilities, or vulnerable adults if the department has reason to believe that offenses specified under RCW 43.43.830 have occurred since completion of the previous disclosure statement and criminal background inquiry;
(f) Approve, deny or revoke requests by home health, hospice or home care agencies for initial service area or service area expansion based on:
(i) The licensee's demonstrated ability or inability to comply with this chapter as illustrated by substantiated complaint history, survey outcomes or enforcement action; and
(ii) Evidence of the licensee's ability or inability to manage and supervise services throughout the approved service area under criteria listed in WAC 246-335-055 (1)(a)(vi);
(g) Approve, deny, restrict, condition, modify, suspend, or revoke a license under this chapter under RCW 70.127.170 and 70.127.180(3);
(h) Issue a statement of deficiencies following a survey which identifies noncompliance with chapter 70.127 RCW and this chapter; and
(i) Prepare and serve upon the licensee or applicant at the earliest practical time a statement of charges following a survey which identifies noncompliance with chapter 70.127 RCW and this chapter. The statement of charges shall be accompanied by a notice that the licensee or applicant may request a hearing to contest the charges.
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 70.127 RCW. WSR 02-18-026, § 246-335-045, filed 8/23/02, effective 10/1/02.]