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Budget Summary FY2014

45131020 - Early Intervention Services
Data Current as of:  9/11/2013





Account Description FY2013
Spending
FY2014
GAA
4513-1020 Early Intervention Services
For the early intervention program; provided, that the department shall report quarterly to the house and senate committees on ways and means the total number of units of service purchased and the total expenditures for the units of service paid by the department, the executive office of health and human services and third party payers for early intervention services for the following service categories: home visit, center-based individual, child-focused group, parent-focused group and screening and assessment; provided further, that the department shall make all reasonable efforts to secure third party and Medicaid reimbursements for the services funded in this item; provided further, that funds from this item shall be expended to provide respite services to families of children enrolled in early intervention programs who have complex care requirements, multiple disabilities and extensive medical and health needs; provided further, that priority shall be given to low and moderate income families; provided further, that no claim for reimbursement made on behalf of an uninsured person shall be paid from this item until the program receives notice of a denial of eligibility for the MassHealth program from the executive office of health and human services; provided further, that MassHealth shall cover the costs incurred for the transportation of MassHealth members who participate in the early intervention program; provided further, that nothing in this item shall give rise to or shall be construed as giving rise to enforceable legal rights to any such services or an enforceable entitlement to the early intervention services funded; provided further, that the department shall provide written notification to the house and senate committees on ways and means 90 days prior to any change to its current eligibility criteria; provided further, that these funds may be used to pay for current and prior year claims; provided further, that the department shall provide services to eligible children through 1 service delivery model and shall not determine eligibility for services based on family insurance status; provided further, that the department shall work with the executive office of health and human services, the department of early education and care, the department of elementary and secondary education and the executive office of education on a data-sharing pilot program to issue a state-assigned student identifier to children participating in early intervention programs with the goal of tracking and evaluating educational and developmental outcomes for those children, improving delivery of services and determining any special education or cost savings associated with the early intervention program; provided further, that the participation of a family in a pilot program shall be contingent upon informed consent; provided further, that the executive office of education and the department of public health shall submit quarterly reports to the house and senate committees on ways and means on the number of state-assigned student identifiers provided to early intervention participants; provided further, that the executive office of education and the department of public health, in consultation with the agencies of the executive office of education and the executive office of health and human services, shall report to the secretary of administration and finance, the house and senate committee on ways and means and the joint committee on education not later than August 15, 2013 on: (i) a timetable for full implementation of the pilot program, including resource needs; and (ii) a plan for obtaining informed consent from families receiving early intervention services; provided further, that those agencies shall report to the house and senate committees on ways and means and the joint committee on education not later than March 14, 2014 on: (a) the progress made on implementation of the pilot program including, but not limited to, the criteria used for selecting sites and preliminary implementation plans for the assignment of state assigned student identifiers to children receiving early intervention services; (b) an updated timetable for full implementation of the pilot program; (c) an update on the implementation of obtaining informed consent from families receiving early intervention services; and (d) the number of state-assigned student identifiers that have been assigned to date, if applicable; provided further, that not later than April 15, 2014, the executive office of education and the department of public health shall make recommendations on how the department of public health and the agencies of the executive office of education can rigorously evaluate the effect of early intervention services on the future special education needs of program participants; provided further, that the department shall determine if it projects a surplus in this item not later than October 1, 2013; provided further, that any such surplus shall be used to fund early intervention program operating costs and expenses including, but not limited to, occupancy, personnel benefits, health insurance costs and salaries needed to recruit and retain certified early intervention specialists to preserve access to comprehensive early intervention services; and provided further, that no funds from this item shall revert and any surplus funds shall be used for early intervention program operating costs
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