782 KAR 1:040. Appeal procedures.
TO: KRS 13B, 151B.225, 163.450-163.470, 29 U.S.C. 722, 34 C.F.R. Part 361
AUTHORITY: KRS 13B.170, 163.470(5), 29 U.S.C. 722(c)
FUNCTION, AND CONFORMITY: KRS 13B.170 authorizes an agency to promulgate
administrative regulations that are necessary to carry out the provisions of
KRS Chapter 13B concerning administrative hearings. KRS 163.470(5) requires the
Office for the Blind to implement policies and procedures for carrying out
programs of services for persons of the Commonwealth who are blind or visually
impaired. 29 U.S.C. 722(c) requires the office to establish procedures so that
a person seeking vocational rehabilitation services who is dissatisfied with
determinations made by staff of the office concerning the furnishing, denial,
reduction, suspension, or cessation of services may request a timely review of
those determinations. This administrative regulation establishes those procedures.
1. Hearing Officer. (1) To conduct a hearing under this administrative
regulation, a hearing officer shall:
Be trained with respect to the performance of official duties; and
Have knowledge of:
The delivery of vocational rehabilitation services;
Federal and state laws; and
Administrative regulations governing the provision of vocational rehabilitation
To conduct a hearing under this administrative regulation, a hearing officer
Be an employee of a public agency other than an:
Administrative law judge;
Hearing examiner; or
Employee of an institution of higher education;
Be a member of the Office for the Blind State Rehabilitation Council;
Have been involved in a previous decision regarding the vocational
rehabilitation of the applicant or eligible individual; or
Have a personal or financial interest that conflicts with the objectivity of
2. Mediation. (1) The office and the applicant or eligible individual may agree
voluntarily to submit a request concerning the provision or denial of benefits
The office shall maintain a list of qualified mediators.
The director of consumer services or a designee shall choose a mediator from
the list and schedule a mediation meeting within five (5) days from the receipt
of the request for mediation.
A representative of the office who is authorized to bind the office to an
agreement shall attend the mediation.
The applicant or eligible individual shall attend the mediation and may be
represented by an advocate or counsel.
Discussions or agreements arising from the mediation process shall not be used
as evidence in any subsequent hearing or civil proceeding.
3. Right of Appeal and Information. (1) An applicant or eligible individual may
appeal to the director of consumer services determinations made by the office affecting:
Furnishing of vocational rehabilitation benefits; or
Denial, reduction, suspension, or cessation of vocational rehabilitation
An applicant or eligible individual shall:
Be informed of the:
Entitlements available under this administrative regulation;
Right to appeal;
Right to be represented by an advocate or counsel; and
Names and addresses of office individuals with whom an appeal shall be filed.
Request an appeal:
By telephone through direct contact with the director of consumer services or a
On tape, except that a voice mail message shall not constitute a request for a
The director of consumer services or a designee shall convene a hearing within
sixty (60) days of the request. Reasonable time extensions, not to exceed one
(1) year, may be granted for good cause with the agreement of both parties. The
hearing shall be conducted pursuant to:
KRS Chapter 13B; and
This administrative regulation.
Pending a final determination of a hearing or other final resolution, the
office shall not suspend, reduce, or terminate a service provided under the
individualized plan for employment unless:
It has evidence that the service was obtained by an applicant or eligible
Criminal conduct; or
This action is requested by an:
Eligible individual; or
Authorized representative of an applicant or eligible individual.
4. Client Assistance Program. The office shall advise an applicant or eligible
The existence of the Client Assistance Program, created by KRS 151B.225;
The services provided by the program; and
How to contact a program representative.
5. Appeal Time and Hearing Procedures. (1) An applicant or eligible individual
may appeal within sixty (60) days of becoming aware, through the exercise of
due diligence, of a office determination affecting the provision or denial of
vocational rehabilitation services. The applicant or eligible person may
appeal, pursuant to the requirements of Section 3 of this administrative
An applicant or eligible individual shall, when requesting a hearing:
Identify accommodations required; and
Submit an issue statement for the hearing.
A hearing officer shall be selected on a random basis from a pool of trained
hearing officers in the Administrative Hearings Division of the Office of the
Attorney General approved by the office and the State Rehabilitation Council.
The applicant or eligible individual may disqualify for cause up to three (3) hearing
officers randomly assigned by the Administrative Hearings Division of the
Office of the Attorney General.
6. Findings and Decision. (1) The hearing officer shall complete and submit to
both parties and the Secretary of the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet
the written recommended order within thirty (30) days of receipt of the
transcript of the hearing, unless both parties agree to a time extension.
Either party shall have twenty (20) days from the date the recommended order is
mailed within which to file exceptions to the recommendations with the
Secretary of the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.
The Secretary of the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet shall consider
the record including the recommended order and any timely exceptions filed to
the recommended order.
(4) The Secretary of the Education and
Workforce Development Cabinet shall issue the final order within thirty (30)
days from expiration of the time period for filing exceptions. (Recodified from 720 KAR 1:040, 7-5-90; Am. 21
Ky.R. 1957; 2706; eff. 5-4-95; 23 Ky.R. 3113; 3771; eff. 5-12-97; 26 Ky.R.
2035; eff. 7-17-2000; 28 Ky.R. 1212; 1635; eff. 1-14-2002; 38 Ky.R. 834; 1133;