Michigan Office of Administrative Hearings and Rules  
1. Agency Information  
Agency name:  
Health and Human Services  
Economic Stability Administration  
Name of person completing this form:  
Mary Brennan  
Phone number of person completing this form:  
E-mail of person completing this form:  
Name of Department Regulatory Affairs Officer reviewing this form:  
Mary Brennan  
2. Rule Set Information  
MOAHR assigned rule set number:  
2021-88 HS  
Title of proposed rule set:  
State Disability Assistance Program  
3. Purpose for the proposed rules and background:  
The purpose of these rules is to set guidance for DHHS on how to process and determine eligibility  
for the State Disability Assistance (SDA) Program. The changes intend to address the ability for both  
applicants and recipients to choose either an in-house or telephone interview for benefits under Mich  
Admin Code R 400.3155, regardless of whether it is a hardship on the applicant. The rules currently  
address only in-person interviews. Because many of the recipients and applicants for benefits have  
medical issues, transportation issues, or feel uncomfortable with the current COVID numbers, it may  
not be feasible or safe for the Department nor the client to come into the MDHHS building to conduct  
an in-person interview. The change will allow an alternative by telephone interviews for the public.  
4. Summary of proposed rules:  
The purpose of these rules is to set guidance for DHHS on how to process and determine eligibility  
for the Family Independence and State Disability Assistance programs. DHHS seeks to amend the  
current rules to add telephone interview, in addition to in-person interview, for application review.  
These rules seek to improve client service by allowing a telephone interview in the event of the  
recipient having medical issues, transportation issues, child care issues, or having to take leave from  
his or her employment in order to complete the application process.  
5. List names of newspapers in which the notice of public hearing was published and  
publication dates:  
MCL 24.242 and 24.245  
Agency Report to JCAR-Page 2  
Oakland Press; March 8, 2022; Battle Creek Enquirer; March 8, 2022; Marquette Mining Journal,  
March 9, 2022  
6. Date of publication of rules and notice of public hearing in Michigan Register:  
7. Date, time, and location of public hearing:  
3/22/2022 01:00 PM at Grand Tower-Room 1A , 235 S. Grand Avenue, First Floor, Lansing, MI  
8. Provide the link the agency used to post the regulatory impact statement and cost-benefit  
analysis on its website:  
9. List of the name and title of agency representative(s) attending public hearing:  
Lana Karadsheh, Department Analyst, Cash Assistance Program  
10. Persons submitting comments of support:  
11. Persons submitting comments of opposition:  
12. Persons submitting other comments:  
13. Identify any changes made to the proposed rules based on comments received during the  
public comment period:  
Name &  
Organization public hearing  
Comments made at Written  
Agency Rationale Rule number  
for Rule Change & citation  
and Description changed  
of Change(s)  
14.Date report completed:  
MCL 24.242 and 24.245