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Issue Alert - 04-04-04

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Date:

Apr 05, 2004

Issue Summary:

Community Action Agency (CAA) and Limited Purpose Agency (LPA) Hearings

Persons Affected:

Clients that receive services from CAAs and LPAs

For More Information:

Center for Civil Justice320 S. Washington, 2nd Floor Saginaw, MI 48607 (989) 755-3120, (800)724-7441 (989) 755-3558 FaxE-mail: info@ccj-mi.org


Background

All - PAM 600

What's Happening?

The Program Office will review the hearing request, complete an FIA-3050, Hearing Summary, and forward the request to Administrative Hearings. Administrative Hearings will handle the hearing request according to current procedures. When the local FIA office receives a hearing request disputing services received by a CAA or LPA, the local hearings coordinator will fax and mail copies of the request to FIA's Office of Community Services. The FIA Office of Community Services will communicate the hearing decisions to the CAA/LPA.

What Should Advocates Do?

If assisting a client that has been denied services through a CAA or LPA, instruct them of their hearing rights. Advise clients to obtain a written decision of the denial of services. Share this information with others that assist individuals who are working with community agencies.

What Should Clients Do?

Request a hearing and seek legal advice if you receive notice that you have been denied services through a community agency. If the notice is not in writing, request a written notice.

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 LawHelp web site (http://MI.LawHelp.org) or look in the yellow pages under "attorneys" or call the toll-free lawyer referral number, (800) 968-0738.