School-Based ACCESS Program

The School-Based ACCESS Program (SBAP) is a cooperative effort between the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare (DPW), the Federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and PDE’s contractor Leader Services.

The SBAP provides the opportunity for school districts, intermediate units, state-owned schools, approved private schools, and charter schools to earn federal dollars through the partial reimbursement for health-related services that are currently being provided to special education students as part of their Individualized Education Plan (IEP). Billable services include Nursing, OT, PT, Hearing, Orientation & Mobility, Speech & Language, and Psychological services. ACCESS dollars can only be used to enhance or expand special education programs.