1. This does not mean that a client who failed to timely appeal a notice of overpayment may contest the existence or amount of the overpayment at an administrative disqualification hearing. In order for a client to contest the existence or amount of an overpayment, the client must timely request a hearing following receipt of the notice of overpayment.
2. The notice contains:
(1) the date, time, and place of the hearing;
(2) the charge(s) against the household member;
(3) a summary of the evidence, and how and where the evidence can be examined;
(4) a warning that the decision will be based solely on information provided by the local office if the household fails to appear at the hearing;
(5) a statement that the household member or representative has ten days from the date of the scheduled hearing to present "good cause" for failure to appear in order to receive a new hearing;
(6) a warning that a determination of an intentional program violation will result in a 12 month disqualification for the first violation, 24 month disqualification for the second violation, and permanent disqualification for the third violation, and a statement of which penalty the Department of Human Services (DHS) believes is applicable to the case scheduled for the hearing;
(7) the household member or its representative's rights, which include:
(A) an adequate opportunity to examine the entire case file, except confidential information. Examples of confidential information include names of individuals who have disclosed information about the household without its knowledge or the nature of the status of pending criminal prosecutions. Such information is not introduced at the hearing or considered by the administrative hearing officer (AHO);
(B) upon request, DHS provides the household or its representative a free copy of any documents or records in the case file pertaining to the disqualification hearing;
(C) to present the case himself or herself or by authorized representative;
(D) to bring witnesses;
(E) to advance arguments without undue interference;
(F) to question or refute any testimony or evidence including an opportunity to confront and cross examine adverse witnesses;
(G) to submit evidence to establish all pertinent facts and circumstances in the case;
(H) to remain silent concerning the charge(s), and that anything said or signed by the individual(s) concerning the charge(s) can be used against him or her in a court of law; and
(I) to waive his or her right to an administrative disqualification hearing by signing a waiver which will result in disqualification and a reduction in benefits for the period of disqualification, even if the individual(s) does not admit to the facts as presented by DHS;
(8) a statement that the hearing does not preclude the state or federal government from prosecuting the household member for an intentional program violation in a civil or criminal court action, or from collecting the overissuance; and
(9) a statement advising the household member(s) to contact the local office to determine whether or not free legal services are available.
3. The waiver, Form H-S-13-A (new Form 08OP016E), Administrative Disqualification Hearing Waiver, is attached to Form FSP-S-18, Notification of Food Stamp Overpayment, and/or Form ADM-S-20 (new Form 08AD012E), Notification of TANF Overpayment, mailed to the household by the Overpayment Unit. Form H-S-13-A (new Form 08OP016E):
(1) contains a statement that the accused individual(s) has the right to remain silent concerning the charge(s), and that anything said or signed by the individual concerning the charge(s) can be used against him or her in a court of law;
(2) states that a waiver of the disqualification hearing will result in disqualification and a reduction in benefits for the period of disqualification, even if the accused individual does not admit to the facts as presented by DHS;
(3) asks the accused individual to specify whether or not he or she admits to the facts as presented by DHS. The options of the household member(s) are to:
(A) admit to the facts as presented and to understand that a disqualification penalty will be imposed if the waiver is signed; or
(B) not admit to the facts as presented. However, he or she may choose to sign the waiver and understand that a disqualification penalty will result;
(4) the telephone number of the Overpayment Unit to call in event the accused household member(s) desires additional information; and
(5) the fact that the remaining household members, if any, will be held responsible for repayment of the resulting claim.
4. After a decision is rendered regarding an intentional program violation, the individual or household member is notified in writing. A copy of the decision letter is mailed to the local office and the Overpayment Unit.