Great Case from the 9th Circuit (May 13, 2016)

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CA Department of Health Care Services sues the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) in a special education due process hearing.

May 13, 2016 decision from Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.


CA Dept of Health Care Services, Petitioner/Appellee v. CA Office of Administrative Hearings v. Parents + Cupertino School District + Santa Clara County Office of Education.

Dispute is related to attorneys fees, related services, and stay put.

Pertinent quotes – “We also doubt that the California Legislature intended for the Department of Health Care Services to insulate itself from review in these cases by implementing its own appeal process to the exclusion of an ALJ’s jurisdiction. Moreover, while ALJs are not usually medically trained, they are triers of fact capable of weighing evidence and reaching factual conclusions.”

“Because the medically necessary occupational therapy services in J.C.’s IEP were necessary for him to benefit from special education, the ALJ also had authority to order compensatory therapy . . . For the same reason, the ALJ had authority to order reimbursement for the independent assessments obtained by J.C.’s parents.”

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