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How to Request a State Hearing

How to Request a State Hearing

If you are not satisfied with the County’s action or inaction on your case, you or your Authorized Representative can request a State Hearing by:

  • Calling the California Department Social Services State Hearings Division at  1-800-952-5253
  • Writing to the Appeals and Hearings Section, P.O. Box 18890, Los Angeles, CA 90018
  • Filing an online request at www.cdss.ca.gov.
What Happens Once I Submit My Hearing Request?

Once the California Department of Social Services’ State Hearings Division receives your State hearing request, you will receive confirmation.  You will also receive a notice from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services’ Appeals and State Hearings Section informing you who your assigned Appeals Hearing Specialist will be.  This worker will review the action/inaction taken by DPSS.  Their telephone number will be on the notice.  

The video below was created to walk you through the State Hearing process:

A close up of the statue of lady justice standing in front of an out of focus row of law books.
Aid Paid Pending

The County must send you a Notice of Action 10 days before any action is to take place on your case that will reduce or stop your benefits.  The notice must explain clearly the reasons for the action and must list the regulations that support the action.  If you disagree and request your State hearing prior to the date the action takes effect, under most circumstances, your aid will continue at the level prior to the action until the State hearing.  This is called Aid Paid Pending.  There are instances where you will not qualify to receive Aid Paid Pending, such as the end of the CalFresh certification period.