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WAC 246-341-0335

Agency licensure and certificationDenials, suspensions, revocations, and penalties.

(1) The department will deny issuing or renewing an agency's license or specific program certification(s), place an agency on probation, or suspend, or revoke an agency's license or specific program certification for any of the following reasons:
(a) The agency fails to meet requirements in this chapter.
(b) The agency fails to cooperate or disrupts department representatives during an on-site survey or complaint investigation.
(c) The agency fails to assist the department in conducting individual interviews with either staff members or individuals receiving services, or both.
(d) The agency owner or agency administrator:
(i) Had a license or specific program certification issued by the department subsequently denied, suspended, or revoked;
(ii) Was convicted of child abuse or adjudicated as a perpetrator of a founded child protective services report;
(iii) Was convicted of abuse of a vulnerable adult or adjudicated as a perpetrator of substantiated abuse of a vulnerable adult;
(iv) Obtained or attempted to obtain a health provider license, certification, or registration by fraudulent means or misrepresentation;
(v) Committed, permitted, aided or abetted the commission of an illegal act or unprofessional conduct as defined under RCW 18.130.180;
(vi) Demonstrated cruelty, abuse, negligence, misconduct, or indifference to the welfare of a patient or displayed acts of discrimination;
(vii) Misappropriated patient (individual) property or resources;
(viii) Failed to meet financial obligations or contracted service commitments that affect patient care;
(ix) Has a history of noncompliance with state or federal rules in an agency with which the applicant has been affiliated;
(x) Knowingly, or with reason to know, made a false statement of fact or failed to submit necessary information in:
(A) The submitted application or materials attached; or
(B) Any matter under department investigation.
(xi) Refused to allow the department access to view records, files, books, or portions of the premises relating to operation of the program;
(xii) Willfully interfered with the preservation of material information or attempted to impede the work of an authorized department representative;
(xiii) Is currently debarred, suspended, proposed for debarment, declared ineligible, or voluntarily excluded from participating in transactions involving certain federal funds (this also applies to any person or business entity named in the agency's application for licensure or certification);
(xiv) Does not meet background check requirements;
(xv) Fails to provide satisfactory application materials; or
(xvi) Advertises the agency as certified when licensing or certification has not been granted, or has been revoked or canceled.
(e) The department determines there is imminent risk to health and safety.
(f) The agency's licensure or specific program certification is in probationary status and the agency fails to correct the noted health and safety deficiencies within the agreed-upon time frames.
(2) The department may deny issuing or renewing an agency's license or specific program certification, place an agency on probation, or suspend or revoke an agency's license or specific program certification for any of the following reasons:
(a) The agency voluntarily cancels licensure or certification.
(b) The agency fails to pay the required license or certification fees.
(c) The agency stops providing the services for which the agency is certified.
(d) The agency fails to notify the department before changing ownership.
(e) The agency fails to notify the department before relocating its licensed location.
(3) The department sends a written notice to deny, suspend, revoke, or modify the licensure or certification status including the reason(s) for the decision and the agency's right to appeal a department decision according to the provisions of RCW 43.70.115, chapter 34.05 RCW, and chapter 246-10 WAC.
(4) The department may summarily suspend an agency's license or certification of a behavioral health service when an immediate danger to the public health, safety, or welfare requires emergency action.
(5) If an agency fails to comply with the requirements of this chapter, the department may:
(a) Assess fees to cover costs of added licensing and program-specific certification activities, including when the department determines a corrective action is required due to a complaint or incident investigation;
(b) Stop referral(s) of an individual who is a program recipient of either a state or federally funded program or both; and
(c) Notify the authority, the behavioral health organization (BHO) and/or local media of stopped referrals, suspensions, revocations, or nonrenewal of the agency's license or program-specific certification(s).
[Statutory Authority: 2018 c 201 and 2018 c 291. WSR 19-09-062, § 246-341-0335, filed 4/16/19, effective 5/17/19.]
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