WSR 08-15-088

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH


(Occupational Therapy Practice Board)

[ Filed July 17, 2008, 8:06 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 246-847-030 Occupational therapists acting in a consulting capacity, 246-847-055 Initial application for individuals who have not practiced within the past four years, 246-847-068 Expired license, 246-847-070 Inactive credential, 246-847-125 Applicants currently licensed in other states or territories, and 246-847-XXX Renewal for those that have not practiced in four years.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 18.59.090, 18.59.130, and 18.130.050.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The board would like to consider revising the definition of "consulting capacity," setting a limit on the length of time a provider may hold their license in inactive status, creating requirements for a reentry plan, and establishing requirements for renewing a license when a provider has been out of practice for more than three years. In addition, the board will review existing language and consider amending any outdated standards.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.

Process for Developing New Rule: Collaborative rule making.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication. The department of health, occupational therapy practice board, will notify and invite interested parties, via listserv, to participate in drafting the proposed language in rule-writing workshops and also to the public hearing. To join listserv or to submit written comments for consideration of proposed language, interested parties may contact Department of Health, Vicki Brown, Program Manager, P.O. Box 47867, Olympia, WA 98504-7867, phone (360) 236-4865, fax (360) 664-9077, e-mail vicki.brown@doh.wa.gov.

July 16, 2008

Vicki Brown

Program Manager

Washington State Code Reviser's Office