Request a due process hearing
You have a right to request a due process hearing to resolve differences regarding the identification, evaluation, eligibility, early intervention 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 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
Sample due process request:
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)