N.J. Admin. Code § 10:69-6.7 - Complaints and adjustment procedures

Current through Register Vol. 54, No. 7, April 4, 2022

(a) Prompt and courteous attention shall be given to all complaints, whether or not such complaints constitute requests for fair hearing and whether or not they are directed to the CWA or the Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services. All complaints received shall be acknowledged promptly and, if it is not apparent from the complaint that a fair hearing request has been made, the acknowledgment shall inform the beneficiary of his or her right to a fair hearing.
(b) Informal efforts to effect a resolution may be made through field contacts, office interviews with supervisory personnel, or consultation with Division staff as needed. In no event, however, are such informal efforts to be considered as prerequisite to a fair hearing, and in no event do they delay, interfere with or otherwise impede the processing of a fair hearing whenever a request for such is made. Agency emphasis shall be on helping the client to prepare and submit his or her request for a fair hearing.
(c) Any clear expression (oral or written) by a beneficiary (or person acting for him or her, such as his or her legal representative or relative) to the effect that the beneficiary wants the opportunity to present his or her case to a higher authority constitutes a request for a fair hearing.
(d) A request for a fair hearing may be either oral or in writing and addressed to the CWA or to DMAHS. Oral requests for fair hearing shall be immediately reduced to a written record by the staff person to whom the request is made. No special form of statement or manner of expression is required so long as the request identifies the nature of the complaint and the relief sought. Requests made to the CWA shall be immediately transmitted to the BARA, and in no event later than one work day after receipt of the request.
(e) Upon receipt of any request for a fair hearing, a determination shall be made by DMAHS on the appropriateness of an administrative hearing or administrative review (N.J.A.C. 10:69-6.6 ). If the matter is deemed contested, BARA will send an acknowledgment of the request to the client. All contested cases shall be promptly forwarded to the OAL for a hearing before an ALJ.


N.J. Admin. Code § 10:69-6.7
Amended by 49 N.J.R. 3729(a), effective 12/4/2017

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