[nfbmi-talk] anyone see problems w this?

Marcus Simmons MarcusSimmons at comcast.net
Mon Feb 21 19:30:13 UTC 2011

In my case, CAP was totally ineffective.
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What to do when your MRS/MCB Counselor says "NO"

What to do When Your MRS/MCB Counselor says, “NO”

By Andrea Rizor, Employment Advocate

Many customers think they are without recourse when Michigan Rehabilitation 
Services (MRS) or Michigan Commission for the Blind (MCB)makes decisions 

disagree with. Have you been denied eligibility for MRS or MCB services? Has 
it been longer than 60 days for an eligibility decision and you don’t know

why? Were you denied a request for a new counsel or denied an individualized 
plan for employment goal or a service? Have you been denied acceptance into

Michigan Career and Technical Institute (MCTI) or Michigan Commission for 
the Blind Training Center (MCBTC)? There are steps you can take to make sure

this decision was appropriate. If you are unhappy with decisions made by MRS 
or MCB, you have the right to appeal.

If you feel the reason why MRS or MCB made the decision or denial is wrong, 
you can try to resolve the disagreement administratively (by contacting the

supervisor, filing a complaint, and/or consulting with the Client Assistance 
Program (CAP)). Many times this route is successful; however, you should 

what other steps are available to you.

So what is an appeal? An appeal (request for a hearing) is a process where 
you are asking for a formal change to an official decision – challenging a 

made by the local office. You are essentially asking a third party to review 
your case in order to resolve the dispute.

Why file an appeal? Many people file an appeal after attempting to resolve 
the disagreement administratively but feel that things are taking too long 

out) or feel that it’s going nowhere. MRS has an incentive to try and 
resolve the matter internally once an appeal is on the table and will, 

have staff from other offices review the disagreement to make sure their 
decision follows policy. If no agreement is made, however, the hearing in 

of an Administrative Law Judge will be held within 60 days of your appeal 
request. There is no cost to you, the customer. Each agency has its own 

when it comes to appeals. Here are some important things to remember when 
filing an appeal.

A few things to know about writing an MRS appeal:

1.   The appeal letter must be written and signed.

2.   The appeal letter should be dated.

3.   The appeal letter should be brief.

4.   The appeal letter must specify that you wish to appeal the particular 
denial. The first sentence should include: “I would like to appeal MRS’ 

to….” If this is not clear, MRS may think you are simply filing a complaint 
and your appeal will not be processed.

5.   If you receive a letter back saying that the request cannot be 
processed, make sure to follow up with the hearings manager to find out why.

6.   The appeal letter must be mailed to:

                 Jaye Porter, Director

           P.O. Box 30010

           Lansing, MI 48909

Any time you are dissatisfied with a decision made by MCB, you can request:

1.   Informal Administrative Review (conducted by MCB administrator)

2.   Formal Fair Hearing (conducted by an Administrative Law Judge)

3.   Mediation (conducted by Michigan Supreme Court Community Dispute 
Resolution Program)

      There is no cost to you, the customer. To make a request you must call 
or send a letter to the MCB Hearings Coordinator:

                 Michigan Commission for the Blind

           P.O. Box 30652

           Lansing, MI 48909

1. If you choose an Informal Administrative Review, an MCB administrator 
will be assigned to review your case and will make recommendations for 

resolution. The review must be completed within 10 days and a decision must 
be delivered within another 10 days. This decision does not deny or delay 

right to a Fair Hearing.

2. If you choose a Fair Hearing, it will be conducted within 60 calendar 
days of the request. The judge will deliver his/her report within 30 
calendar days

of the completion of the hearing. You have 20 days to request a review of 
this decision and it must be in writing to the MCB Hearings Coordinator.

3. If you choose Mediation, it will be conducted within 20 calendar days of 
the request. If agreement is made, a written copy will be received within 20

days of agreement. Entering into the Mediation process will not deny or 
delay your right to a Fair Hearing.


Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service


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