8.11 APPEAL.
Every applicant, whether assistance is denied in whole or in part, shall be informed in the Commission’s written decision of the applicant’s right to appeal from such decision. The applicant shall be informed of the method and time by which an appeal may be taken.
1.   Any written appeal or communication to the Commission or to the Director, by or on behalf of an applicant requesting appeal, shall be accepted by the Commission or the Director. This appeal must be made within ten (10) days of the date of the decision, provide applicant’s current address and telephone number, and state the reasons for the appeal. The applicant shall be informed immediately by telephone and by ordinary mail of the time and date of the hearing on appeal. Applicant and his or her attorney, upon written authorization, should be granted access by the Commission to his or her case file if requested.
2.   If the Director made the decision from which the appeal is taken, the appeal shall be to the Commission itself. An agenda for the appeal before the Commission shall be made and posted as required by Iowa Code. The appeal shall be heard before the Commission at its next regular monthly meeting provided that the appeal shall not be heard sooner than five (5) days after appeal has been taken. If the Commission’s regular monthly meeting is scheduled more than ten (10) days beyond the date appeal is taken, the Commission shall meet specially for the appeal between the fifth and the tenth day after the appeal is filed. Any appeal taken before the Commission at a regular or special meeting shall be closed pursuant to Iowa Code because the identity and particulars of the case are confidential under Iowa Code.
3.   If the Commission made the original decision from which the appeal is taken or if further appeal is taken from the Commission’s decision on appeal, it shall be to the Board of Supervisors. The appeal shall be noted on the Board of Supervisor’s agenda for the next regular board meeting, provided that such appeal shall not be heard sooner than five (5) days after appeal is taken. Any appeal before the Board shall be closed pursuant to Iowa Code because the identity and particulars of the case are confidential under Iowa Code.