Send Special Ed Funding Directly to Districts, Not Regional Agencies, Report Says – EdSource

"The state should dismantle its system for distributing special education funding for California’s 718,000 students with disabilities and send the money – billions of dollars – directly to local school districts, according to a much anticipated report that’s expected to draw the attention of Gov. Jerry Brown and state education leaders. The recommendations, made by researchers at the...

Report: Kansas Improperly Claimed $10.7M in Medicaid Reimbursements

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas improperly billed Medicaid for nearly $11 million in school-based health services, a government watchdog has found. In a report released Monday, the inspector general for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services determined that Kansas received $10.75 million in unallowable reimbursements for services provided during the one-year period from July 1, 2009,...

Report Highlights Importance of School-Based Administrative Activities

As we featured earlier this week on the Policy Center, a new report by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research has found that 70% of children in California with mental health needs never end up receiving treatment. While this number is astounding so too is the fact that more than 90% of these children had health insurance. The report concludes by stating that the data suggests there are...

Examining Children’s Behavioral Health Service Utilization and Expenditures

Most children enrolled in Medicaid are from low-income households and many are served by multiple public programs, putting them at risk for receiving fragmented or inappropriate care. This risk is even higher for children in Medicaid with behavioral health needs, who often experience poor health outcomes at high costs. To help states uncover opportunities to improve care for these children, the...

New Study: The “Hidden Health Care System” in California Schools and Children with Special Health Care Needs

The recent controversy over who is permitted to administer diabetes injections to children in school underscores a larger issue: Health services for California students with special health care needs vary greatly by school district, are provided by a variety of school staff, operate under a confusing patchwork of regulations, and are often underfunded, according to a new study. See preliminary...

Graduation Disparities Loom Large for Students With Special Needs

The wide graduation-rate gaps in many states between students with disabilities and those in regular education raise the stakes for next year's first-ever federal evaluation of how well states are serving their special education students. The most recent U.S. Department of Education data, for 2011-12, shows a four-year graduation-rate gap that ranges from a high of 43 percentage points in...

Report: 1 Million California Students Truant in 2012/13

California is facing an “attendance crisis” in which an estimated 1 million students were declared truant last year, state Attorney General Kamala Harris said in a new report calling for a stronger focus on fighting absenteeism. “These are children as young as 5 years old who are out of school, falling behind, and too many of them never catch up,” Harris said in a statement. “This...

New Research Shows Link Between Wellness Services and Student Success

A new joint research study has resulted in solid evidence that participation in Wellness Center services "significantly increases youth development assets at school."  Assets are defined as characteristics of the school environment that are directly linked to improved attendance and academic success. This innovative study compared groups of students who use school-based health and wellness...

14% of Uninsured Kids Eligible for Public Insurance Live in California

Nearly 37% of all U.S. children who are eligible for public health insurance programs but who remain uninsured live in California, Florida and Texas, according to a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation report, UPI reports (UPI, 9/18). Details of Report The report -- which was conducted by Urban Institute researchers -- found that the national rate of children who were eligible for public health...

New Resources for California LEAs Implementing IDEA Parental Consent Requirements

Earlier this year the federal government made changes to parental consent requirements for school districts seeking access to Medicaid (Medi-Cal in California) reimbursement for medically necessary health services provided to students under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The new requirements primarily concern changes to frequency and formatting of parental consent, and are...