Substance Use Disorder Professional / Substance Use Disorder Professional Trainee

Rules in Progress

The rules writing process is open to the public. The public is welcome to take part in helping us write rules. Rules are also known as regulations, Washington Administrative Code, or WAC. The rule-making process includes public notices and workshops, and usually a public hearing before a rule becomes final.

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Current rules in progress

Health Equity Continuing Education Draft Rules

Notice of public hearing on October 3, 2023 at 1 p.m.

The Department of Health is working on draft changes to chapter 246-811 WAC to add the health equity continuing education requirements for substance use disorder professionals as required in ESSB 5229. The department has filed filed WSR 23-17-129 with the proposed draft language (PDF). This draft language is based on the comments received from the meeting and in writing and includes: 

  • adding a new section specific to health equity,
  • updating the continuing education requirements to include the health equity training, and
  • removing outdated language around the suicide prevention training. 

Submit written comments by October 3, 2023, using one of the following options:

  1. The department’s online rules comment webpage
  2. The U.S. Mail: Ted Dale, P.O. Box 47852, Olympia, WA 98504-7852
  3. Attend the online rules hearing on October 3, 2023, at 1 p.m.

Register in advance for the rules hearing. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the October 3, 2023, webinar.

Please email the program manager if you have any questions.

Important Information for the Rules Hearing:

  • In order to give verbal testimony during the online rules hearing, you will need to access the meeting using your computer, laptop, or device. Your computer, laptop, or device must have speakers, and microphone in order to give verbal testimony.
  • If you select to use only your phone, an option given during registration, Zoom will automatically enter you into the meeting in ‘listen-only’ mode. The application cannot unmute individual callers who select to use only their phone to access the meeting.

 After October 3, the department will:

  • review all submitted comments and testimony
  • determine if the proposed rules can move forward as written or require any changes (based on comments / testimony)
  • provide responses to all submitted comments / testimony