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Title: Section 358-4.3 - Responsibilities and rights in the fair hearing process.

358-4.3 Responsibilities and rights in the fair hearing process. (a) The social services agency must provide complete copies of its documentary evidence to the hearing officer at the fair hearing and also to the appellant or appellant's authorized representative, where such documents were not provided previously to the appellant's authorized representative in accordance with sections 358-3.7 and 358-4.2(c) of this Part. Such documents must be provided without charge.

(b) Except as provided in subdivision (c) of this section, a representative of the social services agency must appear at the hearing along with the case record and a written summary of the case. Such representative must:

(1) have reviewed the case; and

(2) be prepared to present evidence in support of the action, including:

(i) the case number;

(ii) the applicable category or categories or type of public assistance or care, medical assistance, food stamp benefits or services involved;

(iii) the names, addresses, relationships and ages of persons affected;

(iv) the determination regarding which the hearing request was made;

(v) a brief description of the facts, evidence and reasons supporting such determination, including identification of the specific provisions of law, department regulations and approved local policies which support the action;

(vi) the relevant budget or budgets prepared by the social services agency for the appellant or the household of such appellant, including printouts of relevant budgets produced on the Welfare Management System

(WMS); and

(vii) a copy of the applicable action taken notice, adverse action notice, expiration notice or notice of action, including an notices produced on the Client Notices System when that system is operational.

(3) have the authority to make binding decisions at the hearing on behalf of the social services agency, including the authority to withdraw the action or otherwise settle the case.

(c) (1) No later than five calendar days before the hearing date, the social services agency may make application to the Office of Administrative Hearings of the department to appear at a hearing on papers only. The Office of Administrative Hearings may approve such application in its discretion where the rights of the appellant can be protected and the personal appearance of the agency is neither feasible nor necessary.

(2) Notwithstanding paragraph (1) of this subdivision, a hearing officer may require the appearance of a representative of a social services agency where such appearance is necessary to protect the due process rights of the appellant.

(d) Upon request of the appellant, the social services agency must provide necessary transportation and transportation expenses to and from the fair hearing for the appellant and appellant's representatives and witnesses and payment for appellant's necessary child care costs and for any other necessary costs and expenditures related to the fair hearing.

(e) Social services agencies have those hearing rights which appellants have as set forth in sections 358-3.4(d) (adjournment), 358-3.4(e)

(representation), 358-3.4(g) (present evidence, question witnesses, examine documents), and 358-3.4(h) (bring witnesses), and 358-3.4 (k)

(removal of hearing officer) of this Part.



VOLUME A (Title 18)