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AGO 1991 No. 24 >  July 12, 1991
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH - COUNSELORS - REGISTRATION OF COUNSELORS UNDER THE OMNIBUS CREDENTIALING ACT FOR COUNSELORS
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH ‑- COUNSELORS ‑- REGISTRATION OF COUNSELORS UNDER THE OMNIBUS CREDENTIALING ACT FOR COUNSELORS RCW 18.19.030 requires counselors to register with the Department of Health.  This registration requirement applies to individuals who provide counseling services.  A business that employs counselors is not required to register with the Department of Health pursuant to RCW 18.19.030.
AGO 1991 No. 28 >  September 16, 1991
BOUNDARY REVIEW BOARD - DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH - WATER - COUNTIES - CITIES AND TOWNS
Authority of Boundary Review Board to Review Extension of Water Service When the Extension Occurs Pursuant to a Coordinated Water System Plan RCW 70.116.020 establishes the procedure for adopting coordinated water system plans in areas designated as critical water supply service areas.  RCW 36.93.090(5) provides that a boundary review board may review extension of water service by a city or town outside existing corporate boundaries.  A boundary review board does not have authority under RCW 36.93.050(5) to review extension of water service beyond corporate city or town limits if it is consistent with the coordinated water system plan adopted pursuant to RCW 70.116.020.
AGO 1995 No. 1 >  January 18, 1995
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE - DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH - AGRICULTURE - HEALTH - AUTHORITY TO EMBARGO FOOD GROWN IN A "FOOD CONTROL AREA"
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE - DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH - AGRICULTURE - HEALTH - AUTHORITY TO EMBARGO FOOD GROWN IN A 'FOOD CONTROL AREA' Neither the Department of Agriculture nor the Department of Health has authority to administratively designate a "food control area" (such as the area surrounding the site of a chemical or nuclear accident) and embargo all food grown within the area without some particularized determination of the products which are contaminated or are likely to pose a threat to human health.
AGO 1992 No. 17 >  July 28, 1992
GROWTH MANAGEMENT ACT - DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH - BOARD OF HEALTH - BUILDINGS - COUNTIES - STATE BUILDING CODE - WATER
Requirement of Adequate Water Supply Before a Building Permit is Issued 1.  RCW 19.27.097 provides that an applicant for a building permit must provide evidence of an adequate supply of potable water.  The authority to make this determination is the local agency that issues building permits.  2.  The Legislature has authorized the Board of Health to establish, and the Department of Health to enforce, a comprehensive regulatory scheme for public water systems. In determining whether water to be supplied from a public water system constitutes an adequate water supply for purposes of RCW 19.27.097, the local agency issuing building permits must apply the standards set by the Board of Health.  3.  If water is not supplied from a public water system, the local agency issuing building permits has more discretion to determine if the water supply is adequate for purposes of RCW 19.27.097.  At a minimum, there must be sufficient quality and quantity of water for the intended purpose of the building.
AGO 1996 No. 19 >  December 11, 1996
WATER - DEPARTMENT OF ECOLOGY - DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH - CITIES - COUNTIES - DISTRICTS
Interpretation of legislation recognizing interties between public water supply systems 1.  The procedure established in RCW 90.03.383(3) for modifying a water right permit based on an intertie between public water supply systems applies only to interties existing and in use on January 1, 1991. 2.  Under RCW 90.03.383(3), when the Department of Ecology processes a change in place of use occasioned by an intertie between public water supply systems, the resulting permit(s) should show the quantity of water delivered through the intertie as well as the change in place of use. 3.  Under RCW 90.03.383(4), the Department of Ecology's scope of inquiry is whether each system's use is within the annual and instantaneous withdrawal rate specified in its water right authorization and whether the exchange or delivery through the intertie adversely affects existing water rights.  
AGO 1997 No. 2 >  March 13, 1997
PUBLIC RECORDS - DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH - AUTHORITY OF STATE RECORDS COMMITTEE TO SET RETENTION PERIOD FOR CERTAIN RECORDS PRODUCED BY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
PUBLIC RECORDS ‑ DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH ‑ AUTHORITY OF STATE RECORDS COMMITTEE TO SET RETENTION PERIOD FOR CERTAIN RECORDS PRODUCED BY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH 1.Diet information forms submitted to the Department of Health pursuant to a federal/state program, and computer analyses generated with the information submitted, are public records for purposes of the Public Disclosure Act, RCW 42.17.2.Diet information forms submitted to the Department of Health pursuant to a federal/state program, and computer analyses generated with the information provided, contain personal information which is exempt from public inspection and copying; if this personal information is deleted, the remainder of the records are subject to public disclosure.3.Diet information forms submitted to the Department of Health pursuant to a federal/state program, and computer analyses generated with the information provided, generally do not meet the definition of "official public record" contained in RCW 40.14, the Records Retention Law; however, the Records Committee has authority to classify the records as "official public records" if it wishes to do so.4.The Records Committee created in RCW 40.14.050 has authority to approve a retention schedule for agency records which permits an agency not to retain a record for any time at all beyond the time necessary to generate the record; or the committee may choose to require that such records be kept for such period as the committee deems appropriate.
AGO 1959 No. 45 >  June 8, 1959
OFFICES AND OFFICERS - STATE - DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH - ISSUANCE OF NEW CERTIFICATE OF BIRTH PURSUANT TO A DECREE OF ADOPTION AS A MINISTERIAL FUNCTION
OFFICES AND OFFICERS - STATE - DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH - ISSUANCE OF NEW CERTIFICATE OF BIRTH PURSUANT TO A DECREE OF ADOPTION AS A MINISTERIAL FUNCTION The Department of Health, through the State Registrar of Vital Statistics, is required to issue a birth certificate pursuant to an adoption decree of the superior court which directs the inclusion of other than the actual birthplace and/or date of birth on a birth certificate to be issued following adoption.
AGO 1956 No. 262 >  May 7, 1956
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH - FEDERAL AID FOR HOSPITAL SURVEY AND CONSTRUCTION ACT
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH ‑- FEDERAL AID FOR HOSPITAL SURVEY AND CONSTRUCTION ACT 1. Public Law 725 enacted by the 79th Congress, August 13, 1946, entitled "Hospital Survey and Construction Act" was not adopted by reference in ch. 197, L. 1949.   2. Chapter 197, L. 1949, is broad enough to and does authorize the state department of health of the state of Washington to accept any contributions made by the Federal government pursuant to the provisions of Public Law 725 as amended by Public Law 482 or any other Federal law that might be enacted in the future for the same purpose.
AGO 1953 No. 126 >  September 1, 1953
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH - LICENSING - PORTION OF HOSPITAL AS NURSING HOME
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH ‑- LICENSING ‑- PORTION OF HOSPITAL AS NURSING HOME Where a hospital operates a nursing home separately and independently from its operation of a hospital, the facilities so operated may be licensed by the Department of Health as a nursing home.
AGO 1953 No. 99 >  July 24, 1953
CITIES - COUNTIES - DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH - JAILS - JUVENILE DETENTION HOMES - MEDICAL CARE
CITIES ‑- COUNTIES ‑- DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH ‑- JAILS ‑- JUVENILE DETENTION HOMES ‑- MEDICAL CARE 1. When an inmate of a city or county jail becomes ill or is injured and requires medical attention, being unable to pay for the services and not a recipient of public assistance, the city or county, i.e., the confining authority, is responsible for furnishing the medical services required. 2. When a ward in a juvenile detention homes becomes ill or is injured and the juvenile's parents are not financially able to provide the medical care and the juvenile is not a recipient of public assistance, the juvenile detention home shall provide the necessary medical services. 3. In the absence of a city ordinance or county resolution requiring the city or county to do so, cities or counties are not bound to arrange emergency medical care for those without funds, but not recipients of public assistance, but may very properly do so, and if either does so the cost is to be borne by either the city or county actually arranging or contracting the emergency medical service.
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