School Districts and Education Services Cooperatives (ESC) may be approved to seek Medicaid reimbursement for mental health services provided for students by a public school employed mental health professional. LEA providing Medicaid reimbursable School Based Mental Health Services must first complete the ADE SBMH Certification process and adhere to the ADE SBMH Provider Manual, prior to completing the Medicaid Provider application process.
The following process is necessary for school employed providers:
Once a district decides to seek reimbursement for School-Based Mental Health, the district must submit a ADE Certification Manual Application.
Upon receiving a Certification Approval Letter, the school district will submit an Arkansas Medicaid Provider Application.
Arkansas Medicaid Provider Application Directions
Confidentiality of all client records should be maintained according to Title 42 according to the Code of Federal Regulations, Part II.
Parental Consent for Services
Extension of Benefits
An LEA may provide up to three therapeutic sessions before a PCP referral is required. If a student is in need of additional services beyond designated service thresholds, the LEA may seek approval for an extension of benefits via eQHealth suites
For more information, please contact:
Charis Mian, LPC, NCC, MEd CNSL Ed, S.CM
School Based Mental Health Specialist
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
4 Capitol Mall, Room 305-B, Slot #14
Little Rock, AR 72201