Board of Appeals

The Board of Appeals (BOA) reviews administrative hearing decisions issued by Administrative Law Judges at the Office of Administrative Hearings. BOA Review Judges are attorneys who review hearing decisions for legal and factual errors, change the decisions as necessary, and then issue final decisions on behalf of the Secretary of the Department of Social and Health Services. All BOA Review Judges are members of the Washington State Bar Association.

Review is performed for cases from many Department programs and is conducted at the request of either the Department or the party who originally requested the hearing. See WAC 388-02-0217 for a complete list of programs currently reviewed by BOA. BOA Review Judges also provide information and training on the Department's hearing practices.

BOA is one of the Department's liaisons to the Office of Administrative Hearings and formulates Department-wide rules and policies on hearings. BOA maintains the Department's official record for each adjudication, ensures that legal notices are prepared and processed to meet legal requirements for cases being reviewed, receives petitions for judicial review, and files hearing records with superior court.

Contact Board of Appeals

Mailing Address:
PO Box 45803
Olympia, WA 98504-5803

Physical Location:
1115 Washington ST SE
Olympia, WA 98504-5803

(877) 351-0002 or (360) 664-6100

(360) 664-6187

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Decision List

The former Children's Administration (CA) is now part of the Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) and the former Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery (DBHR) is now part of the Health Care Authority (HCA). Department of Social and Health Services Index of Significant Decisions content that previously included these agencies is no longer available. Please contact DCYF and HCA for further information.