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Due Process Hearing

You have a right to request a due process hearing to resolve differences regarding your child's identification, evaluation, eligibility, Early Steps services or placement of your child. In a due process hearing, participants will present information about their side of the disagreement. An impartial hearing officer makes a decision based on the information and other information from the law. During the hearing proceedings, your child must continue receiving any Early Steps services which are currently being provided. A written decision will be issued within 30 calendar days. You have a right to file a civil action in a state or federal court if you are not satisfied with the outcome of the hearing.

You have the right:

  • to be represented by an attorney.
  • to have the hearing scheduled at a convenient time and place.
  • to give evidence, ask questions and have witnesses present.
  • to receive a written or an electronic record of the hearing at your own expense.

A sample due process request is below:


Part C Coordinator
Department of Health
Children's Medical Services
Early Steps State Office
4052 Bald Cypress Way, BIN# A06
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1707


Dear Part C Coordinator:

I would like to request an impartial due process hearing for my child, (child's name), regarding Early Steps services. The issue(s) I am requesting to be addressed at the hearing are:

  • disagreement about a proposal or refusal to initiate Early Steps services
  • disagreement about a change in Early Steps services
  • the identification, evaluation, or placement of my child
  • the provision of appropriate Early Steps services.

I may be reached at (list contact information) between (list best hours to be reached).


(Insert Name)
(Street Address)
(City, State, Zip Code)
(Phone Number)