Appeals Process


An appeal is the process where a person requests a formal change to an official decision. The person making the request must officially do so in writing, usually within a certain time frame. In most cases, submitting additional or new supporting documentation when requesting an appeal is required.

The following is a brief outline of the appeals process. When faced with an unfavorable decision, the first step is to contact the person, district or agency directly. If you're not satisfied with the result after going through a review process or re-evaluation, you may submit a complaint, request a reconsideration or a mediation. If that doesn't resolve the problem, you can file an appeal or due process.


The New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities – Below is a list of appeals procedures that came be found in DDD’s Supports Program Policies & Procedures Manual. Individuals not yet enrolled in DDD’s Supports Program should use the below procedure links for appeals.


New Jersey Children’s System of Care, PerformCare
You can find the appeals process in PerformCare’s Youth and Family Guide.

  • Complaints- (page 27)
  • Reconsiderations- (page28)
  • Appeals- (pages 28-30)

New Jersey Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS)
Case Services Policy Manual, Chapter 1: Administration, section 1.11, Appeal Process and Procedures


Individual Education Plan (IEP)
Parental Rights in Special Education (PRISE) Mediation and Due Process procedure on pages 15-22.

As of July 1, 2016, Special Education Requests for Due Process and Mediation Are Now Accepted Electronically. Read more HERE.

Forms

  • Mediation/Due Process-  (pages 30-32)
  • Emergent Relief- (pages 33-34)
  • Complaint form- (pages 35-37)
  • Enforcement- (pages 38-39)

Student Discipline Rights and Procedures: A Guide for Advocates

Published by the Education Law Center, this manual is designed to help parents and advocates represent students in discipline cases.

The manual is divided into two parts:

  • Part I discusses laws and procedures that apply to all students involved in a discipline case
  • Part II discusses additional laws and procedures that apply to students with disabilities who are, or may be, eligible for special education

The information provided in this guide helps explain the laws affecting the rights of students in school discipline cases and how to appeal them in New Jersey, but should not be taken as legal advice. If you have concerns about a student's discipline from the school you seek appropriate legal advice from a licensed attorney.


 

Social Security Administration

Social Security offers many options to conduct business with them online including, filing for benefits, requesting a copy of your social security card and filing an appeal. You can also upload any necessary documents through its online portal. 


New Jersey Medicaid (also known as NJ FamilyCare)

Most of your encounters with healthcare providers in New Jersey will proceed as they should. Inevitably, however, some will not. This page provides guidance for submitting official complaints. How to File a Complaint