Office of Fair Hearings

The Office of Fair Hearings provides impartial administrative hearings for individuals or entities who have received an adverse notice from the Department.

Administrative Law Judges (ALJ) adjudicate a wide range of department-related issues regarding the following programs:

  • Adoption License/Subsidy
  • Big Sky RX
  • Blind & Low Vision Services
  • Block Grant Daycare Program
  • Child Care Benefits
  • Child and Adult Care Food Program
  • Daycare License/Certification
  • Developmental Disabilities
  • Facility Discharge (DPHHS is not a party)
  • Foster Care
  • Healthy Montana Kids
  • Healthy Montana Kids Plus
  • Home and Community Based Services
  • Informal Dispute Resolution (Facility Survey Deficiencies)
  • Licensure and Certification
  • Low Income Energy Assistance Program
  • Low Income Weatherization Program
  • Medicaid
  • Personal Care Services
  • Qualified Medicare Beneficiaries
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
  • Special Low Income Medicare Beneficiaries
  • Substantiation of Abuse Or Neglect
  • Temporary Assistance To Needy Families
  • Tobacco Sales Compliance
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Services

Note: The Office of Fair Hearings does not have jurisdiction over issues determined by the Department's Child Support Enforcement Division.

ALJ's research statutes, rules, regulations, policies, and court cases to reach conclusions of law. After weighing evidence and evaluating testimony, they issue written decisions that are final and binding unless appealed to the state Board of Public Assistance, the Department director, or a district court.

Fair Hearing Decisions

Informal Dispute Resolutions

Informal Dispute Resolution (IDR) Process

IDR Case Recommendations

Timeframes for Decisions

Requests for hearing may be submitted to:

Department of Public Health and Human Services
Office of Fair Hearings
PO Box 202953
2401 Colonial Drive, Third Floor
Helena, MT 59620
Fax: 406-444-3980

Page last updated: 07/30/2013