Once you request a fair hearing, you should be scheduled for a hearing.
Sometimes a mediation is scheduled before a hearing to try to settle the case. You may or may not agree to resolve the appeal with the State before the hearing, the choice is yours alone.
You will want to make sure you attend the hearing once it has been scheduled. You can represent yourself at this hearing, or you can ask a lawyer to represent you. The hearing will be heard before a judge through the Office of Administrative Hearings. You have the right to present witnesses, evidence, and other information at the hearing. You have the right to ask questions or present evidence about why the State’s decision was incorrect. You will want to use this time to explain to the judge why you should receive the benefit you requested.
DPA offers a flyer that explains the fair hearing process and how to prepare.