The Pennsylvania Department of Education initiated the School Based ACCESS Program (SBAP) during the 1991-1992 school year.  This program is an avenue for school entities to receive additional federal funding through Medicaid dollars for medical/mental health-related special education services rendered by qualified staff to students enrolled in the PA Medical Assistance (MA) program.

    Any participating school district, intermediate unit or approved private school may seek partial reimbursement from Medicaid for health care related services that they provide to students in the school setting under the terms of the child’s Individual Education Plan (IEP). Eligible services include Occupational therapy, Speech therapy, Physical therapy, Nursing services (RN and LPN) , Orientation and Mobility services,Personal Care Assistance, Psychological, Social Work, Psychiatry, Hearing Impaired services and Specialized Transportation.

    Parent Participation

    Parents are asked for their permission to bill medical assistance and then notified annually thereafter.  Their participation in the SBAP is voluntary and can be withdrawn at anytime.   The one-time only Parental Consent form should be presented at the IEP meeting.    If a parent does not sign the consent form,the LEA cannot bill for that student’s services.

    If a student does not have Medical Assistance, parents are introduced tothe MA ‘loophole’ that allows them the opportunity to apply for coverage based on their child’s disability versus the family income.    Click hereto access the Parent Information Page on “How to Apply for Medical Assistance”.

    The Goal of Project ACCESS

    Reimbursement funds received for services provided for students must be utilized to meet the increasing needs of all special education students.  Federal and State regulations require that funding is invested in special education services and specific guidelines are provided for spending the money received. Therefore, the program is vital in helping us to provide education services for all students.  We receive approximately 51.82 cents on the dollar for reimbursable services.

    The majority of ACCESS money billed and received by the IU for school aged students is distributed to the school districts in Bucks County and spending must follow the Federal and State regulations.

    Contact Information

    School Age Project ACCESS: Allison Carroll
    215-348-2940 ext. 1291


    Early Intervention Project ACCESS: Diane Sheehan
    215-348-2940 ext. 1293


    Bucks County School District Billing: Dawn Jones-Tiderman
    215-348-2940 ext. 1316



    We are currently assisting six (6) of our Bucks County School districts by billing ACCESS on their behalf for services they directly provide to their students.   If you would like information or need assistance, please contact the Student Data/Access Department at 215-348-2940 ext 1290.