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Message ID: 8448
Date: 2010-03-31

Author:D F MCMAHON

Subject:CA/N substantiations and appeals patterns

I stumbled on some unexpected information today while speaking with the director of the state Office of Administrative Hearings director. Apparently in recent years there has been a dramatic rise in the number of substantiation decisions that are administratively appealed--a six to sevenfold increase. I'm trying to get more information; the OAH files a report every two years but does not post its reports online and moreover breaks down hearings only by the state agency involved, not by topic or even by division within the agency. The child and family services agency does not routinely publish any reports or data on this topic but I have requested some info. Anybody seeing increases elsewhere in the country? These decisions have no legal bearing on court decisions, eg legal deprivation proceedings are not delayed pending administrative appeal (statute prohibits this I believe) and even an ALJ reversal of a substantiation does not guarantee a change in the court's disposition later on. The primary legal outcome is the removal of caregiver's name from Central Registry if agency decision is overturned. Not sure how other records are handled, probably kept by local agency. Sheri McMahon Fargo

I stumbled on some unexpected information today while speaking with the director of the state Office of Administrative Hearings director. Apparently in recent years there has been a dramatic rise in the number of substantiation decisions that are administratively appealed--a six to sevenfold increase. I'm trying to get more information; the OAH files a report every two years but does not post its reports online and moreover breaks down hearings only by the state agency involved, not by topic or even by division within the agency. The child and family services agency does not routinely publish any reports or data on this topic but I have requested some info. Anybody seeing increases elsewhere in the country? These decisions have no legal bearing on court decisions, eg legal deprivation proceedings are not delayed pending administrative appeal (statute prohibits this I believe) and even an ALJ reversal of a substantiation does not guarantee a change in the court's disposition later on. The primary legal outcome is the removal of caregiver's name from Central Registry if agency decision is overturned. Not sure how other records are handled, probably kept by local agency. Sheri McMahon Fargo