Fair Hearing Resources
Fair Hearing Related Litigation
Legal Research
by Gene Doyle, LMSW Several companies offer online legal research services, which allow users to search for federal and state court decisions as well as federal and state laws and regulations. Two of the most widely used services are Westlaw and Lexis. These services are available through...
03 May, 2017
Fair Hearings Must Comply with Constitutionally Protected Due Process
by Gene Doyle, LMSW In the landmark case of Goldberg v Kelly, 397 U.S. 254, 264 (1970), brought by New York City public assistance recipients, the United States Supreme Court held that "when welfare is discontinued, only a pre-termination evidentiary hearing provides the recipient with procedural...
03 May, 2017
Access to Appellants' Case Records Before and During Fair Hearings
by Gene Doyle, LMSW Federal and state regulations require that appellants and their representatives have access to their case records at any time prior to and during their Fair Hearings. See 45 CFR § 205.10(a)(13)(i); 42 CFR § 431.242(a); 7 CFR § 273.15(p)(1); 18 NYCRR §§ 358-3.7(a)(1) and...
03 May, 2017
Homebound Fair Hearing
by Gene Doyle, LMSW In Varshavsky v Perales, Index No. 40767/91 (Sup. Ct. New York Co. March 5, 1992), affd. 202 A.D.2d 155 (1st Dept. 1994), the court certified a statewide plaintiff class, consisting of "all applicants for and recipients of public assistance benefits residing in New York...
03 May, 2017
Dismissal of a Fair Hearing Request
by Gene Doyle, LMSW New York State Policy According to 18 NYCRR § 358-5.5(a), "(a) OAH will consider a fair hearing request abandoned if neither the appellant nor appellant's authorized representative appears at the fair hearing unless either the appellant or appellant's authorized...
04 May, 2017
Requesting the Reopening of a Dismissed Fair Hearing Request
by Gene Doyle, LMSW If a Fair Hearing request has been dismissed as abandoned, an appellant or an appellant's representatives may ask OAH to reopen the hearing request upon a showing of good cause. According to OTDA's guidelines for its OAH staff, "Good cause is defined as unusual,unexpected, or...
04 May, 2017
Written Materials Must Be Provided in Alternative Formats, Upon Request, to Blind or Seriously Visually Impaired Applicants and Recipients
by Gene Doyle, LMSW To comply with the Stipulation and Order of Settlement in Rafferty v Doar, 13-CV-1410 (S.D.N.Y. October 23, 2015), OTDA and DOH jointly issued Administrative Directive 16-ADM-08 on June 22, 2016 to provide "social services districts (SSD) with a summary and instructions on...
04 May, 2017