Since 1993 the State of Michigan has participated in a federal Medicaid program called School-based Services. The program assists school districts by providing partial reimbursement for medically-related services (such as Occupational and Physical Therapy, Speech/Language Services, School Social Work, Nursing, and others) that are listed on a student's Individualized Education Program (IEP) or Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP). Although partial reimbursement is available for students who are Medicaid eligible, services are provided to ALL students with disabilities regardless of their Medicaid eligibility status.
Medicaid funds for this program come from a special source for schools, and DO NOT affect the family's Medicaid insurance benefits, and are at NO COST to the family. Parent consent is needed to access the funds. This consent simply seeks permission to claim funds reserved by the state to help school provide the services listed on an IEP or IFSP.