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Maximizing Federal Revenue Could Help Offset Costly Services for Children with Disabilities, Report No. 04-16, February 2004
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  • In Florida, children with disabilities receive medical and social support services from multiple state agencies and, as mandated by the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), educational and related services from local school districts.  Overall, services to these children cost the state and local school districts $2.1 billion in Fiscal Year 2000-01.  Educational and related services composed the major portion this cost.  Most of the funding for these school-based services came from state and local sources.
  • The state could increase federal revenue for services for children with disabilities in two ways.  First, school districts could maximize their use of the Medicaid Certified School Match program, which allows them to bill Medicaid for the medical and support services they provide to eligible children in the Exceptional Student Education program; this would generate an estimated $2.4 million. Second, the state could implement changes to the Medicaid Certified School Match Program that would allow school districts to bill for additional services; this would generate an estimated $33.6 million.
  • In addition, the Legislature may wish to petition the federal government to bring the amount it reimburses schools for services to disabled students closer to the cap specified in the Individuals with Disabilities Act.  Full federal funding would provide Florida districts with an additional $476.9 million in funding.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Exceptional Student Education
Medicaid Health Care Services (AHCA)
Children's Medical Services
Mental Health Services (DCF)
Developmental Disabilities (DCF)

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 06-49 Progress Report:  Steps Taken to Maximize Federal Revenue for Exceptional Student Education Program, published in May 2006.
  • Report No. 04-39 Information Brief:  Many Children Receiving Intensive Exceptional Student Education Services Are Served by Multiple Programs; No Unnecessary Duplication of Services Found, published in June 2004.
  • Report No. 03-58 Special Review:  Florida Could Avoid $1.5 Million Annually in ESE Costs for Out-of-State Students Who Are Placed in Private Residential Facilities, published in October 2003.
  • Report No. 03-40 Special Report: Exceptional Student Education Population Grows Dramatically; More Accountability and Better Training Needed to Implement Funding Matrix, published in July 2003.

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