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Substance use disorder information and assistance servicesGeneral.

The rules in WAC 388-877B-0600 through 388-877B-0660 apply to behavioral health agencies that provide substance use disorder information and assistance services. The definitions in WAC 388-877-0200 also apply to substance use disorder information and assistance services. The department requires all agencies and providers affected by this rule to fully comply with the applicable requirements in chapter 388-877 WAC, chapter 388-877A WAC, chapter 388-877B WAC, and chapter 388-877C WAC no later than September 1, 2013.
(1) Information and assistance services are considered nontreatment services provided to support an individual who has a need for interventions related to the use of alcohol and/or other drugs.
(2) Information and assistance services require additional program-specific certification by the department's division of behavioral health and recovery and include:
(a) Alcohol and drug information school (see WAC 388-877B-0630);
(b) Information and crisis services (see WAC 388-877B-0640);
(c) Emergency service patrol (see WAC 388-877B-0650); and
(d) Screening and brief intervention (see WAC 388-877B-0660).
(3) An agency providing information and assistance services to an individual must:
(a) Be licensed by the department as a behavioral health agency;
(b) Meet the applicable behavioral health agency licensure, certification, administrative, personnel, and clinical requirements in chapter 388-877 WAC, Behavioral health services administrative requirements; and
(c) Have policies and procedures to support and implement the:
(i) General requirements in chapter 388-877 WAC; and
(ii) Specific applicable requirements in WAC 388-877B-0600 through 388-877B-0660.
(4) Substance use disorder information and assistance services are available without an initial assessment or individual service plan and are not required to meet the requirements under WAC 388-877-0640.
(5) An agency providing information and assistance services must maintain and provide a list of resources, including self-help groups and referral options, that can be used by staff members to refer an individual to appropriate services.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 70.02.290, 70.02.340, 70.96A.040(4), 71.05.560, 71.24.035 (5)(c), 71.34.380, and 2014 c 225. WSR 16-13-087, § 388-877B-0600, filed 6/15/16, effective 7/16/16. Statutory Authority: Chapters 70.02, 70.96A, 71.05, 71.24, 71.34, 74.50 RCW, RCW 74.08.090, 43.20A.890, and 42 C.F.R. Part 8. WSR 13-12-053, § 388-877B-0600, filed 5/31/13, effective 7/1/13.]
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