SUDP / SUDP Trainee Rules in Progress

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

1. Emergency rules have been filed

The Department of Health (department) has filed WSR 24-12-078 (PDF)  to amend the following Substance Use Disorder Professionals and Substance Use Disorder Professionals Trainees rules in WACs 246-811-010, 246-811-025, 246-811-030, 246-811-035, 246-811-045, 246-811-046, 246-811-048, 246-811-049, 246-811-060, 246-811-070, 246-811-220, 246-811-240, 246-811-260, 246-811-990, and creating WAC 246-811-310.

The department is adopting these emergency rules to reduce barriers to entering and remaining in the behavioral health workforce, to streamline the substance use disorder provider (SUDP) and trainee credentialing process, and to implement recent legislation. Legislation being implemented includes Second Substitute House Bill (2SHB) 1724, Engrossed Second Substitute House Bill (E2SHB) 2247, and Second Substitute Senate Bill (2SSB) 6228.

These emergency rules will streamline the credentialing process by: (1) allowing certain educational programs to meet the coursework requirements of WAC 246-811-030 without further department review; (2) removing the limit on trainee credential renewals; (3) removing the requirement for trainees to work in behavioral health agencies; (4) removing the seven-year cap on earned trainee experience; (5) lowering the experience requirements for approved supervisors; (6) removing the requirement that supervisors be on site with trainees after the first 50 hours of supervised experience; (7) reducing the minimum continuing education requirements for SUDPs; (8) implementing out of state substantial equivalency applicant criteria to align with RCW 18.130.077; and (9) temporarily reducing certification and renewal fees to $100 per year.
These emergency rules will be continued while permanent rulemaking is in progress under WSR 24-10-011 (PDF),  filed April 18, 2024. Information about the permanent rulemaking process is below. 
See the Emergency Rules WAC Chapter (PDF)  for full details of immediate changes.

2. Rules workshops for reviewing the recommendations required to implement recent legislation 

The department is hosting the first set of workshops to review the recommendations required to implement recent legislation, including House Bill 1724, House Bill 2247, and Senate Bill 6228, as filed in WSR 24-10-011 (PDF). The department will also review a petition that was filed to amend WAC 246-811-030

The department will provide an overview of the bills that initiated this rulemaking, the approximate rulemaking timeline, and ask for feedback about the possible rule language that may be adopted. We are looking for information and opinions from substance use disorder professionals, employers, behavioral health agencies, professional organizations, educational organizations, tribal partners, and any other interested parties who would like to participate.

You don't need to register in advance to participate in the workshop. You may join using the meeting link or phone number listed below. Please note the login information is different for the morning sessions and the evening sessions. 

Join the meeting now
Meeting ID: 244 542 813 117
Passcode: jTH2UU

Dial in by phone

+1 564-999-2000,,111871142# United States, Olympia
(833) 322-1218,,111871142# United States (Toll-free)
Find a local number
Phone conference ID: 111 871 142#

Evening Sessions

Join the meeting
Meeting ID: 231 717 413 389
Passcode: trMrmv

Dial in by phone

+1 564-999-2000,,47765706# United States, Olympia
(833) 322-1218,,47765706# United States (Toll-free)
Find a local number
Phone conference ID: 477 657 06#

Meeting topics include:

  • Education requirements 
  • SUDP Trainee Requirements
  • Supervision Requirements, Approved Supervisors

Workshop Information

The department has scheduled the following workshops with morning and evening options for attendance, although more will be added to review rule language once it has been drafted:

Date and Time Topic Materials

June 26, 2024

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and

5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Education and CE Requirements  

June 27, 2024

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and

5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Trainee Requirements  

June 28, 2024

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and

5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Supervision, Approved Supervisors  

Email the Program Manager for more information.