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Virtual LEA Panel Discussion – February 10, 2021 @ 2:00 EST

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A panel of LEA representatives will discuss their roles and the status of their Medicaid reimbursement programs. Topics will include the impact of COVID-19 and Telehealth, Free Care, collaborating with practitioners and state and Medicaid agencies.


Past Events:

Virtual Practitioner Panel Discussion
January 27, 2021, 2 pm EST

Leaders from national professional associations representing Occupational Therapists (AOTA), Physical Therapists (APTA), School Nurses (NASN), Speech-Language Pathologists (ASHA), and School Psychologists (NASP) comprise this panel. These five distinguished experts will provide an overview of the role each health care profession serves in educational settings. Panelists will address how their constituents contribute to the success of school-based Medicaid claiming programs in considering such topics as COVID-19, Tele-health, Administrative tasks, Equity and Community Outreach. As much of the session as possible will be reserved for responding to questions posed by audience members.

Objectives: Attendees of this session will be able to:

  • Describe the role of each profession in school-based practice
  • Identify and describe at least two COVID-19 related impacts on service delivery
  • Provide examples of coordinated, educationally relevant, and related services and their impact on families and community

Elizabeth Burns, CCC-SLP

Elizabeth Burns holds Bachelor and Master's degrees from UNC-Chapel Hill. She has worked for Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools in North Carolina since 1996 and has been the Lead for Speech and Hearing there since 2000. She has been an active member of ASHA and the North Carolina Speech, Hearing, and Language Association for many years. She currently serves on the ASHA School Finance Committee and the ASHA Medicaid Committee. Past positions in North Carolina include Fall Conference Chair, SEAL Representative, Secretary, and President. Additionally, Elizabeth has served on several community Boards.

John Kelly, Ph.D., School Psychologist

Dr. John Kelly is a school psychologist in the Commack School District and an Adjunct Professor at St. John’s University in the School Psychology program. He earned his Ph.D. in Clinical and School Psychology from Hofstra University. Dr. Kelly has studied, published, and presented at numerous national and international conferences on topics that include mental and behavioral health services for children, advocacy training for school psychologists, legislative issues related to education and children, leadership development, violence and bullying prevention, and suicide awareness. Dr. Kelly is on the Executive Board of the New York Association of School Psychologists (NYASP). He is a Past-President of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). Dr. Kelly has received numerous state and national awards, including the NYS School Practitioner of the Year in 2001 and the NASP School Psychologist of the Year in 2003.

Patricia Laverdure, OTD, OTR/L, BCP, FOTA

Patty has been an occupational therapist in pediatric and school practice for over 30 years. She is an assistant professor and program director of the occupational therapy program at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. She has served as the program manager of occupational and physical therapy services of a large school division in Northern Virginia, addressing program evaluation and development, professional staff development and clinical supervision, and workflow and budget management. Patty serves as the Chair of the American Occupational Therapy Association's Special Interest Section Council and is the Virginia Representative to AOTA's State Pediatric Leaders Community of Practice. At the state level, Patty serves as the co-chair of the Virginia Occupational Therapy Association School System Symposium Conference Committee. In these roles, she engages actively in the development and dissemination of competency assessment and maintenance, evidence based practice and knowledge translation, and practice advocacy resources.

Lisa Patch, MSN, BS, RN, NCSN

Lisa Patch, RN, is the Director of Health and Counseling Services with Alamogordo Public Schools and holds a Master’s of Science in Nursing degree. She has many duties including:

  • National Association of School Nurses-Board of Directors 2016-2020
  • New Mexico School Nurses Association President 2012-2014
  • Otero County Community Health Council President 2013-2014
  • New Mexico School Nurses Association President Elect 2010-2012
  • New Mexico School Nurses Association Executive Board Member 2000-present
  • Gerald Champion Regional Hospital Advisory Board 2015-Present
  • Presbyterian Medical Services Advisory Board 2014-Present
  • New Mexico State University Allied Health Advisory Board 2012-Present
  • Hire, evaluate and supervise a staff of 25 RNs, Health assistants, administrative staff and substitutes
  • Supervise and evaluate the Coordinator over the Counseling Department
  • District Coordinator for Section 504 Accommodations
  • Develop policies for the Health Services department as well as health related policies for entire district
  • Contract development with community organizations to deliver specialized services
  • Lead the Wellness Committee for the school district

Laurie Ray, PT, MPT, Ph.D.

Consultant for Physical Therapy | Medicaid and Liaison for Adapted Physical Education NC Department of Public Instruction, Division of Exceptional Children and Associate Professor UNC-Chapel Hill, Department of Allied Health Sciences, Physical Therapy Division Laurie Ray has over 20 years of experience in school-based practice in North Carolina. Laurie has served North Carolina as the Physical Therapy Consultant for NC Department of Public Instruction (NC DPI) since 2005, Medicaid consultant since 2006 and Adapted Physical Education liaison since 2010. She received her MPT and PhD (Special Education) from UNC-Chapel Hill and returned to UNC-Chapel Hill as an Associate Professor in the Division of Physical Therapy. Laurie currently serves the APTA Pediatric Physical Therapists (APPT) as Chair for the School Special Interest Group (School SIG). She is a reviewer for Pediatric Physical Therapy and on the editorial board for Pediatric Occupational and Physical Therapy. Laurie previously served on the boards of the National Alliance of Medicaid in Education and the NC Vocational Rehabilitation Council.


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The Basics of Medicaid School Services, November 18, 2020, 2 pm ET

School Based Services Expansion in Michigan, October 28, 2020, 2 pm ET

CMS Update - Behavioral Health and Delegated Authority, October 14, 2020, 2 pm ET

Recording Available - Opportunities for School-Based Telehealth during COVID-19, September 30, 2020, 2 pm ET

Recording Available - CMS Update on COVID and School-Based Medicaid Webinar, September 16, 2020, 2 pm ET


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