Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Step 3 of 3 

The Administrative Hearings Process

A DHS hearings representative will be assigned to you once DHS receives your hearing request. The hearings representative will be your contact and will process your request.

Informal Telephone Conference Held

The hearings representative will schedule an informal phone conference to discuss the decision to deny your request for a new service or to reduce, suspend or terminate your existing service.​ Your participation in this call is optional.

Hearing Scheduled

After the informal telephone conference, a hearing will be scheduled if you still want one. The Office of Administrative Hearings will send you a letter with the time and date for the hearing.

All hearings are on the phone unless you ask to attend the hearing in person.


During the hearing, you can ask DHS questions and present your side of the issue.

Final Order Issued

The Administrative Law Judge will make a legal determination about the Action taken (denial, reduction, termination, or suspension) and send you a formal response. This is called a Final Order.​

If dissatisfied, can appeal to Marion County Circuit Court

​If you disagree with the Administrative Law Judge’s Final Order, you can appeal this decision in the Marion County Circuit Court. Appeal information can be found within the Final Order document. Go to Oregon Law Help ​for more information about this process​.

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