The federally mandated Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires public schools to provide special education to students with special needs. This includes, but is not limited to speech therapy. The challenge with providing speech therapy is that there is a nationwide shortage of speech-language pathologists.
In a recent announcement, PresenceLearning shared their praise of the State of Michigan approving Medicaid reimbursed speech therapy. This will not only provide access to the much needed speech therapy services throughout the state of Michigan, but particularly in rural areas where it is even more challenging to find local speech pathologists.
“This is a huge win for Michigan schools and their students, making sure that there is equitable access to services students need,” said Clay Whitehead, Co-founder and Co-CEO of PresenceLearning. “Michigan made a smart move here, as the federal government has delegated the decision to approve online services as a valid means of delivery to the states. As such, Michigan was able to help a huge number of students with a simple memo. No complex plan review was required. We look forward to seeing other states follow Michigan’s lead.”
Michigan is 1 of 10 states who Medicaid reimburses school districts for online speech-language therapy services.