(a)  Upon receipt of a request for an appeals hearing, the regional director shall immediately forward the original request to the Division's Chief of Operations who will arrange for the provision of information about the possibility of mediation to the individual and the appointment of a hearing officer to conduct the appeals hearing.

(b)  If the individual has requested an administrative review in addition to an appeals hearing, the regional director shall:

(1)           make a decision to conduct the administrative review himself or herself or appoint a designee to conduct the administrative review who:

(A)          has had no previous involvement in the issues currently in controversy;

(B)          can conduct the administrative review in an unbiased way; and

(C)          has a broad working knowledge of the Division's rules, federal regulations governing the program, and the State Plan for Vocational Rehabilitation Services or Independent Living Services (as appropriate); and

(2)           proceed with, or direct the designee to proceed with, an administrative review according to the provisions of Rules .0205, .0208, and .0209 of this Section.

(c)  The regional director shall send the applicant or client written acknowledgment of receipt of the request and inform the individual that additional information will be sent regarding the possibility of mediation and the administrative review and appeals hearing or only the appeals hearing. 

(d)  The regional director shall provide the Chief of Operations and the Client Assistance Program (if the Client Assistance Program is assisting the individual with the case) with a copy of the request and the response to the request.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 143-546.1; 150B-1; 34 C.F.R. 361.57; P.L. 105-220, s. 102(c);

Eff. February 1, 1976;

Amended Eff. July 1, 2000; April 1, 1997; September 1, 1989;

Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A rule is necessary without substantive public interest Eff. March 1, 2016.