Representative Mark Smith (OH)
Indiana: During May, Department of Education officials John Hill and Tracy Brunner conducted three daylong trainings throughout various regions of Indiana on Medicaid in education programs. John and Tracy worked in cooperation with representatives from the state's Medicaid agency claims contractor and the Education agency's IEP and MAC coordination areas. Additionally, CMS Region V's Lead Funding Specialist provided an overview of federal auditing at each session.
Wisconsin: Carlynn Higbie, a Wisconsin-based school therapy consultant with MJ Care, is collaborating with Medicaid in education officials both within and beyond the Region V area to begin discussing the topic of medical progress reporting and goal writing. While states vary in how they interpret these requirements, she hopes the discussion will help add perspective and clarify the benefits for both IDEA requirements as well as Medicaid's requirements for medical necessity of services delivered in schools.
From Region VI (AR, LA, NM, OK, TX) - Representative Suzy Whitehead (NM)
Most of the news for this issue focuses on New Mexico, but in future issues we will cover other states. I invite members from the Region to send me any news you would like to share. New Mexico has a new Governor, Susana Martinez, as well as a new Secretary of Education, Hanna Skandera, and a new Human Services Secretary, Sidonie Squier. We look forward to working with them to improve services to our most vulnerable students.
The New Mexico School-Based Services (SBS) Program welcomes Jacqueline Nielsen as the Program Manager. Hopefully, you all will meet Jackie in October at the NAME Annual Conference. We also say Happy Retirement to Georgia Glasgow, the Liaison to the SBS Program from the Department of Education, and a long time member of NAME.