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Expansion of School Medicaid Programs: An Opportunity to Ensure Qualified School Health Providers Are Medicaid-Eligible

March 1, 2022

In order to encourage school districts to maximize resources for school-based healthcare, state Medicaid programs must ensure that school healthcare providers are eligible for Medicaid reimbursement. That may sound simple, but there’s often a disconnect between the state education and state Medicaid agency’s licensing requirements and policies.

This policy brief explains how states can resolve identifying school health personnel as Medicaid-qualified providers and shows how six states improved alignment.

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State Medicaid & Education Standards for School Health Personnel

November 19, 2021

"State Medicaid & Education Standards for School Health Personnel: A 50-State Review of School Reimbursement Challenges" demonstrates how alignment between state Medicaid and education standards for school health personnel can reduce barriers to Medicaid reimbursement for school health services.

Prepared by Aurrera Health Group for Healthy Schools Campaign, the report analyzes data in all 50 states and the District of Columbia and outlines key recommendations for states to consider as they attempt to improve access to student health services covered by Medicaid.

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RESTART & RECOVERY: Leveraging Federal COVID Relief Funding & Medicaid to Support Student & Staff Wellbeing & Connection

August 15, 2021

Developed by the Council for Chief State School Officers, Healthy Schools Campaign and National Center for School Mental Health, this guidance highlights how state education agencies can use Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds to support student and staff wellbeing and connection. It also explains how to leverage these one-time-only funds to access additional funding streams, such as Medicaid, to ensure efforts are sustained.

This guidance provides an essential roadmap for strategic and sustainable investment that can help advance student and staff wellbeing and connection for years to come.

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Advancing Student and Staff Health with COVID-19 Relief Funding

August 2, 2021

Developed by AASA, FutureEd, Healthy Schools Campaign and Kaiser Permanente, this guidance offers concrete steps school districts can take to make data-informed decisions about investing COVID-relief funding to support student and staff health, including COVID-prevention, mental and physical health and well-being, social drivers of health, physical and health education, and family engagement and community involvement.

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Schools Are Key to Improving Children’s Health: How Illinois Can Leverage Medicaid Funds to Expand School Health Services

September 25, 2020

Key opportunities exist for education, healthcare and public health sectors to improve both health and education outcomes by focusing on school-based health services. This brief addresses the opportunity in Illinois to expand on Medicaid-funded health services delivered within a school by school nurses and other district-employed providers.

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Building Cross-Sector Collaboration to Support School Behavioral Health Services: Washington’s Children’s Regional Behavioral Health Pilot Program

September 15, 2020

This case study provides an overview of the Children’s Regional Behavioral Health pilot project and highlights key lessons learned from this work. As states consider innovative methods for improving cross-sector collaboration, coordination of care and financing for school health services (especially behavioral health services), Washington’s model and experience provide valuable insights that can inform future efforts.

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Expansion of School-Based Health Services in California: An Opportunity for More Trauma-Informed Care for Children

September 1, 2020

In April 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services approved California’s Medicaid state plan amendment, allowing school districts to access more federal funding for school-based health services. This report describes using this opportunity to increase access to services that help students heal from trauma — including the trauma caused by exposure to domestic violence and pervasive bias and crises such as COVID-19.

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Medicaid Reimbursed Rehabilitative Behavioral Health Services in Schools: A South Carolina Case Study

May 13, 2020

This case study examines the implementation of Medicaid managed care school-based behavioral health services in South Carolina and highlights key lessons learned that can inform the efforts of other states choosing to coordinate school-based health care with Medicaid managed care programs.

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A Guide to Expanding Medicaid-Funded School Health Services

December 10, 2019

This comprehensive guide provides background on school-based Medicaid and outlines various opportunities to advance state policy changes required to access federal funds. It is designed for anyone working to expand access to school health services, including state and local education agency staff, state Medicaid agencies, school health providers, public health professionals and children’s health advocates.

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Schools Are Key to Improving Children’s Health: How States Can Leverage Medicaid Funds to Expand School-Based Health Services

January 14, 2020

Key opportunities exist for education, healthcare and public health sectors to improve both health and education outcomes by focusing on school-based health services. This national policy brief primarily addresses the opportunities to expand on health services delivered within a school by school nurses and other district-employed providers (school psychologists, social workers, counselors, occupational therapists, physical therapists and speech-language pathologists), using the "free care" policy clarification issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

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