Chapter 246-814 WAC

Last Update: 10/8/18

ACCESS TO DENTAL CARE FOR CHILDREN

WAC Sections

246-814-010Purpose.
246-814-015Definitions.
246-814-020Practices authorized.
246-814-030Application process and documentation of training required to qualify for endorsement.
246-814-040Training and the provision of services.
246-814-990Endorsement fees for dental assistants and dental hygienists, renewal of endorsement not required.


246-814-010
Purpose.

The purpose of this chapter is to implement RCW 18.29.220 and 18.32.226. These laws are intended to improve access to dental care for low-income, rural, and other at-risk children by enhancing the authority of dental hygienists and dental assistants to provide dental sealant and fluoride varnish treatments in school-based and school-linked programs. The department encourages partnerships within geographical regions and among participants in the oral health care community in implementing this law.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.29.210, 18.29.220, and 18.29.226. WSR 18-21-048, § 246-814-010, filed 10/8/18, effective 11/8/18. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.650. WSR 02-21-128, § 246-814-010, filed 10/23/02, effective 11/23/02.]



246-814-015
Definitions.

The definitions of this section apply throughout this chapter unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:
(1) "Department" means the Washington state department of health.
(2) "School-based program" means a program that is conducted entirely in the school setting.
(3) "School-linked program" means a program that may be conducted in both the school and clinical settings associated with the school.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.29.210, 18.29.220, and 18.29.226. WSR 18-21-048, § 246-814-015, filed 10/8/18, effective 11/8/18.]



246-814-020
Practices authorized.

(1) Dental hygienists. Solely for purposes of providing services under this chapter, dental hygienists holding endorsements under this chapter may assess by determining the need for (i.e., the absence of gross carious lesions and sealants) and acceptability of dental sealant or fluoride varnish treatment for children in school-based and school-linked programs. Dental hygienists may apply dental sealants and fluoride varnish treatments and may remove deposits and stains from the surfaces of teeth, without the supervision of a licensed dentist. This determination does not include or involve diagnosing conditions or constitute a dental examination.
(2) Dental assistants. A dental assistant is currently defined in RCW 18.260.010 as a person who is registered by the dental quality assurance commission to provide supportive services to a licensed dentist to the extent provided in chapter 18.260 RCW and under the close supervision of a dentist. Solely for purposes of this chapter, authorized dental assistants may apply dental sealants and fluoride varnish treatments to children in school-based and school-linked programs under the general supervision of a Washington state licensed dentist, as described in this chapter.
(a) Close supervision requires the supervising dentist to first determine the need for and acceptability of dental sealant and fluoride varnish treatments, refer the treatment and the dentist is continuously on-site and physically present in the treatment facility when the treatment is provided.
(b) General supervision requires the supervising dentist to first determine the need for and acceptability of dental sealant and fluoride varnish treatments, refer the treatment and the dentist does not have to be in the treatment facility when the treatment is provided.
(3) Dental assistants and their supervising dentists, as well as dental hygienists shall coordinate with local public health jurisdictions and local oral health coalitions prior to providing services under this chapter, consistent with RCW 18.29.220 and 18.32.226.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.29.210, 18.29.220, and 18.29.226. WSR 18-21-048, § 246-814-020, filed 10/8/18, effective 11/8/18. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.650. WSR 02-21-128, § 246-814-020, filed 10/23/02, effective 11/23/02.]



246-814-030
Application process and documentation of training required to qualify for endorsement.

(1) The department has issued endorsements to all dental hygienists holding valid licenses on or before April 19, 2001, the effective date of RCW 18.29.220.
(2) Dental hygienists licensed after April 19, 2001, must obtain an endorsement to provide services under this chapter. Applicants must meet the additional requirements in RCW 18.29.220 and must submit the following to the department:
(a) Application for endorsement;
(b) Fee;
(c) Information of having a valid Washington state dental hygiene license for reference; and
(d) Proof of the completion of training that has incorporated the Washington state department of health sealant/fluoride varnish program guidelines as described in WAC 246-814-040(3).
(3) Dental assistants employed by a Washington state licensed dentist on or before April 19, 2001, are not required to obtain an endorsement but may voluntarily do so without having to meet the additional requirements in RCW 18.32.226.
(4) Dental assistants employed by a Washington state licensed dentist for two hundred hours after April 19, 2001, must obtain an endorsement to provide services under this chapter. Applicants must meet the additional requirements in RCW 18.32.226 and must submit the following to the department:
(a) Application for endorsement;
(b) Fee;
(c) Proof of two hundred hours of employment as a dental assistant by a Washington state licensed dentist that has included theoretical and clinical training in the application of dental sealants and fluoride varnish treatments, verified by a declaration provided by the licensed dentist who provided the training; and
(d) Proof of completion of training that has incorporated the Washington state department of health sealant/fluoride varnish program guidelines as described in WAC 246-814-040(3).
(5) Dental assistants and their supervising dentists, as well as dental hygienists should use the Washington state department of health sealant/fluoride varnish guidelines described in WAC 246-814-040 and other protocols that may be in place for the geographic region when coordinating with local public health jurisdictions.
(6) Dental assistants and their supervising dentists, as well as dental hygienists shall coordinate with established local oral health coalitions by participating in oral health coalition meetings that may be held in the geographical region.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.29.210, 18.29.220, and 18.29.226. WSR 18-21-048, § 246-814-030, filed 10/8/18, effective 11/8/18. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.650. WSR 02-21-128, § 246-814-030, filed 10/23/02, effective 11/23/02.]



246-814-040
Training and the provision of services.

(1) The "Washington state department of health sealant/fluoride varnish program guidelines" (sealant/fluoride varnish program guidelines) have been developed, maintained and distributed by the department in partnership with the oral health community and health care practitioners. To obtain copies of the sealant/fluoride varnish program guidelines contact the department.
(2) The sealant/fluoride varnish program guidelines are designed to assist the local public health jurisdictions and oral health care communities in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of school-based dental sealant and fluoride varnish programs. Every school-based dental sealant and fluoride varnish program should design their program to provide, at minimum, for the following:
(a) Assessing and targeting the population.
(b) Establishing community capacity and infrastructure.
(c) Determining staffing needs and training.
(d) Securing equipment and supplies.
(e) Developing policies, procedures and data collection forms.
(f) Scheduling schools/sites.
(g) Preparing sites for implementation.
(h) Providing services.
(i) Evaluating the process and outcomes.
(3) The sealant/fluoride varnish program guidelines also provides the training required for dental hygienists and dental assistants providing services under this chapter. Applicants for endorsement must obtain training as contained in these specific guidelines, which can be met through any one of the following methods:
(a) Graduation from a dental assisting, dental hygiene or dental educational program, accredited by the commission on dental accreditation (CODA), which has incorporated the sealant/fluoride varnish program guidelines.
(b) Continuing education courses which teach the sealant/fluoride varnish program guidelines.
(c) Individual training provided by a Washington licensed dentist, which has incorporated the sealant/fluoride varnish program guidelines.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.29.210, 18.29.220, and 18.29.226. WSR 18-21-048, § 246-814-040, filed 10/8/18, effective 11/8/18. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.650. WSR 02-21-128, § 246-814-040, filed 10/23/02, effective 11/23/02.]



246-814-990
Endorsement fees for dental assistants and dental hygienists, renewal of endorsement not required.

(1) Endorsements do not require renewal.
(2) Endorsement documents are issued to the qualified applicant, and are not the property of the employer or the supervisor.
(3) The following one-time, nonrefundable fee will be charged:
Dental assistant application/endorsement . . . . . .
$50
Dental hygiene application/endorsement . . . . . . .
$50
[Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.650. WSR 02-21-128, § 246-814-990, filed 10/23/02, effective 11/23/02.]