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).
(City, State, Zip Code)