Issue Highlight: Medicaid to Schools Program

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Children Are Entitled to Necessary Services in School Regardless of Funding Challenges

Federal law requires schools provide the services students need to receive a free appropriate education in the least restrictive environment (FAPE).

Recent news of our state’s difficulties in implementing the Medicaid to Schools program are concerning but are not valid reasons to deny students’ access to necessary services. A school’s access to these funds does not affect its obligation to provide children with special education or the related services they require to receive FAPE.

While state lawmakers and stakeholders work to resolve outstanding issues relating to the Medicaid to Schools Program, all eligible children should continue to receive necessary services in accordance with federal law. No child should experience a reduction in services due to this funding challenge.

If you have questions or concerns about your child’s IEP, 504 Plan, or related services, please contact DRC-NH to speak with an attorney.

To learn more about what the NH Department of Health and Human Services is doing to make sure New Hampshire schools can take full advantage of this funding source, visit


Disability Rights Center – New Hampshire is a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating barriers for people with disabilities across New Hampshire. DRC is the federally designated protection and advocacy agency for New Hampshire and has authority under federal law to conduct investigations in cases of probable abuse or neglect.

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