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PDFWAC 246-341-0342

Agency licensure and certificationOff-site locations.

(1) A behavioral health agency may provide certified services at an off-site location or from a mobile unit under the existing behavioral health agency license.
(2) For the purposes of this section:
(a) "Off-site" means the provision of services by a licensed behavioral health agency at a location where the assessment or treatment is not the primary purpose of the site, such as in schools, hospitals, long-term care facilities, correctional facilities, an individual's residence, the community, or housing provided by or under an agreement with the agency.
(b) "Established off-site location" means a location that is regularly used and set up to provide services rather than a location used on an individual, case-by-case basis.
(c) "Mobile unit" means a vehicle, lawfully used on public streets, roads, or highways with more than three wheels in contact with the ground, from which behavioral health services are provided at a nonpermanent location(s).
(3) A behavioral health agency that provides off-site services at an established off-site location(s) shall:
(a) Maintain a list of each established off-site location where services are provided on a regularly scheduled ongoing basis and include, for each established off-site location:
(i) The name and address of the location the services are provided;
(ii) The primary purpose of the off-site location;
(iii) The service(s) provided; and
(iv) The date off-site services began at that location;
(b) Maintain an individual's confidentiality at the off-site location; and
(c) Securely transport confidential information and individual records between the licensed agency and the off-site location, if applicable.
(4) In addition to meeting the requirements in subsection (3) of this section, an agency providing services to an individual in their place of residence or services in a public setting that is not an established off-site location where services are provided on a regularly scheduled ongoing basis must:
(a) Implement and maintain a written protocol of how services will be offered in a manner that promotes individual, staff member, and community safety; and
(b) For the purpose of emergency communication and as required by RCW 71.05.710, provide access to a wireless telephone or comparable device to any employee, contractor, student, or volunteer when making home visits to individuals.
(5) Before operating a mobile unit, agencies providing behavioral health services from a mobile unit must notify the department in writing in a manner outlined by the department. The notification must include that a mobile unit is being added under the agency license and indicate what services will be provided from the mobile unit, including whether it is operating as a mobile narcotic treatment program as defined in 21 C.F.R. Part 1300.01.
(6) An opioid treatment program operating a mobile narcotic treatment program must:
(a) Submit a copy of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) approval for the mobile narcotic treatment program; and
(b) Comply with 21 C.F.R. Parts 1300, 1301, and 1304 and any applicable rules of the pharmacy quality assurance commission.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 71.24.037, 71.05.560, 71.34.380, 18.205.160, 43.70.080(5), 41.05.750, 43.70.250, 74.09.520, and chapters 71.05, 71.12, 71.24, and 71.34 RCW. WSR 22-24-091, § 246-341-0342, filed 12/6/22, effective 12/10/22. Statutory Authority: RCW 71.24.037, 71.05.560, 71.34.380, 18.205.160, 71.24.037 and chapters 71.05, 71.24, and 71.34 RCW. WSR 21-12-042, § 246-341-0342, filed 5/25/21, effective 7/1/21. Statutory Authority: 2018 c 201 and 2018 c 291. WSR 19-09-062, § 246-341-0342, filed 4/16/19, effective 5/17/19.]
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