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15997771 - Fair Hearing Evaluator
Data Current as of:  10/17/2014





Account Description FY2014
Spending
FY2015
GAA
1599-7771 Fair Hearing Evaluator
For a department of children and families administrative hearing system process evaluation reserve; provided, that the office of the child advocate shall select an independent evaluator to assess the department's administrative hearing system; provided further, that the evaluation shall report on whether the department's regulations, funding, staffing levels and processes provide for an administrative hearing system that is: (i) timely, including an analysis of the amount of time allocated to or the causes of any delays: (A) between when a hearing request is filed and the first day of the hearing; (B) between the first day of the hearing and the hearing officer's decision; (C) between the hearing officer's decision and the department's final decision; (D) from requests by any party for a continuance; and (E) from appealing the department's final decision; (ii) independent, including an analysis of any possible bias on the part of hearing officers in favor of the department or against certain classes of appellants; and (iii) fair, including an analysis of any disparities in accessing resources, information or legal counsel that may inherently favor the department over appellants; provided further, that the evaluator shall be selected through a competitive procurement process in which the office of the child advocate shall consider researchers with experience in: (1) conducting process evaluations across a wide array of administrative or civil justice systems; (2) child welfare issues, including abuse and neglect; (3) socioeconomic disparities among residents in successfully petitioning court or administrative hearing systems for redress; (4) extracting and analyzing court or hearing data; (5) quantitative and qualitative evaluations; and (6) cost benefit analysis as it relates to funding government operations; provided further, that the office of the child advocate shall select the evaluator not later than October 1, 2014; provided further, that preference shall be given to not-for-profit organizations; provided further, that beginning on November 1, 2014, the evaluator shall provide quarterly progress updates to the house and senate clerks, the house and senate committees on ways and means and the house and senate chairs of the joint committee on children, families and persons with disabilities; provided further, that the evaluator shall provide a preliminary report on their findings to the house and senate clerks, the house and senate committees on ways and means and the house and senate chairs of the joint committee on children, families and persons with disabilities not later than March 15, 2015; and provided further, that this item shall not revert and shall be made available for these purposes through June 30, 2015
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