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Issue Alert - 02-09-11

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Oct 01, 2002

Issue Summary:

Administrative hearings are now available for individuals denied Direct Support Services from FIA.

Persons Affected:

Applicants who have applied for Direct Support Services from FIA


Family Independence Program (FIP), Refugee Assistance Program (RAP), Child Day Care (CDC), Medicaid, and Food Assistance Program Family, Food Assistance Program Non-Family.

What's Happening?

Applicants who were previously denied DSS did not have the right to a hearing since FIA believed these were discretionary services. FIA has since changed their policy to include the right to a hearing if the client wishes to appeal the decision. Staff at FIA are instructed to send hearing information along with the DSS decision notice.

What Should Advocates Do?

Advocates should inform clients who have been denied direct support services through FIA to request a hearing and contact legal services. Since this is a new area for administrative hearings, legal advocates may want to touch base with the Michigan Poverty Law Program about their experiences with these types of hearing requests.

What Should Clients Do?

If you have applied for one of the Direct Support services listed above and have been denied, request a hearing and contact your local legal services office to see if they can help you with the hearing.

Finding Help

Most legal aid and legal services office handle these type of cases, and they do not charge a fee. You can locate the "free" legal services or legal aid office that serves your county on the Michigan Legal Assistance Network website ( or look in the yellow pages under "attorneys" or call the toll-free lawyer referral number, (800) 968-0738