Section 358-3.5 - Requests for a fair hearing.

358-3.5 Requests for a fair hearing. (a) A fair hearing may be requested in writing, by telephone, or in person.

(b) (1) A request for a fair hearing must be made within 60 days after the social services agency's determination, action, or failure to act about which you are complaining except as provided in paragraphs (2) and

(3) of this subdivision for fair hearings relating to food stamp benefits, and paragraph (4) relating to HEAP benefits and paragraph (5) relating to involuntary discharges from tier II facilities. Where the social services agency's action is based on a change in State or Federal law requiring automatic public assistance grant adjustments for classes of recipients, a request for a fair hearing must be made within 60 days after the changed grant becomes available to you.

(2) A request for a fair hearing to complain about any action by the social services agency affecting your food stamp benefits, including a loss of food stamp benefits, must be made within 90 days after the determination, action or failure to act about which you are complaining. Action includes a denial of a request for restoration of any benefits lost more than 90 days but less than one year prior to the request for restoration. Where the social services agency's action is the result of a mass change, a request for a fair hearing must be made within 90 days after the changed level of benefits become available to you.

(3) A request for a fair hearing to dispute the current level of food stamp benefits granted to your household must be made during the food stamp certification period.

(4) A request for a fair hearing to review the denial of, the failure to act on an application for, or to dispute the adequacy of HEAP benefits must be requested no later than 60 days after the mailing of the notice; however, in no event may a hearing request be made more than 105 days after the district terminates the receipt of applications for the program year.

(5) A request for a fair hearing to review the involuntary discharge of a resident from a tier II facility after the resident has requested and participated in a hearing, held by the facility or social services district in which the facility is located, must be made no later than 30 days after the decision of the facility or social services district is rendered.

(6) If the last day for requesting a fair hearing falls on a weekend or holiday, a hearing request postmarked or received by the department on the day after the weekend or holiday will be considered as timely received.

 

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