358-6.1 All decisions.

    (a) The fair hearing decision issued by the Commissioner must be based exclusively on the fair hearing record, or in the case of a decision without hearing, on the documents submitted by the appellant and the social services agency. The decision must be in writing and must set forth the fair hearing issues, the relevant facts, and the applicable law, regulations, and approved policy, if any, upon which the decision is based. The decision must make findings of fact, determine the issues and state reasons for the determinations and when appropriate, direct specific action to be taken by the social services agency. In addition, the decision may address the violation of any provision of this Part or of Part 1300 of 12 NYCRR by the social services agency, including but not limited to, violations of regulations concerning notice, aid continuing and provision of documents and records and set forth appropriate relief for such violations.

    (b) Upon issuance, the decision is final and binding upon social services agencies and must be complied with in accordance with section 358-6.4 of this Part.

    (c) A copy of the decision, accompanied by written notice to the appellant of the right to judicial review except as set forth in subdivision (d) of this section, will be sent to each of the parties and to their representatives, if any. In addition, such notice will advise the appellant that the appellant or the appellant's authorized representative may request the OAH's assistance in obtaining compliance with the decision.

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