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Medicaid in Education

ec_medicaid.jpgPublic schools may receive Medicaid funds for some health services provided to students at school. The services must be medically necessary and the student must be eligible for Medicaid and special education. In North Carolina, the following services may be reimbursed in schools:

  • Audiology
  • Nursing services
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Psychological/counseling services
  • Speech-language pathology services

NCDPI’s Exceptional Children Division provides Medicaid resource contacts:
Regions 1-4: Laurie Ray
Phone: 919.636.1827

Regions 5-8:
Lauren Holahan
Phone: 919.428.7201



IDEA Parental Consent Final Regulations (sample notice and consent form to follow)

Contact Lauren Holahan at or 919.843.4466 or Laurie Ray at or 919.636.1827 with any questions or comments.

EPSDT Policy Instructions Update
On August 17, 2007, the Division posted the Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment (EPSDT) Policy Instructions Update. These instructions became effective September 01, 2007, and clarify the Division’s initial EPSDT Policy Instructions issued January 28, 2005. Please review the instructions carefully. Providers and case managers should communicate the information contained in the instructions to recipients under 21 years of age and/or their representatives. Children who have previously been denied or terminated from services may be eligible for additional Medicaid services if the services are medically necessary and if a request for services is made in accordance with Medicaid’s policies and procedures. The EPSDT Policy Instructions Update is located on the following website:

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