Alaska Statutes.
Title 47. Welfare, Social Services and Institutions
Chapter 31. Mental Health Treatment Assistance Program
Section 35. Appeals.
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AS 47.31.035. Appeals.

(a) A patient or the patient's legal representative may appeal a denial of assistance by sending written notice of objection to the department within 30 days after the date of the notice of denial. The written notice of objection must include an explanation of the reasons for the objection and may include documentation supporting the objection. AS 44.62 (Administrative Procedure Act) does not apply to the appeal.

(b) The commissioner or the commissioner's designee shall review the notice of objection and issue a decision within 90 days after its receipt. The commissioner or the commissioner's designee may request additional information on the appeal from either the patient, the evaluation facility or designated treatment facility, or department staff. A request for additional information suspends the time period for the appeal until the department determines that the additional information has been received. If more than 180 days have passed from the date of submission of a notice of appeal and the additional information requested by the commissioner or the commissioner's designee has not been received from a patient, the evaluation facility, the designated treatment facility, or the department, the appeal shall be considered denied.

(c) The decision on the appeal under (b) of this section, including an appeal denied for failure to submit additional information, is a final agency decision and may be appealed to the superior court under the Alaska Rules of Appellate Procedure.

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