School Medicaid Reimbursement Program

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School Medicaid Program
 Nalene Pecore
Reimbursement Specialist Lead
School Medicaid Program
 Stacy Shafar
Reimbursement Specialist
School Medicaid Program


The DCSD School Medicaid Reimbursement Program (also known as the School Health Services Program) allows school districts to seek partial reimbursement for health-related services provided to Medicaid-enrolled students who have an Individual Education Plan. Effective October 1, 2020 the DCSD School Medicaid Reimbursement Program will expand to include other plans of care such as Behavior Plans, Health Care Plans and Health-related 504 plans.

Claiming for health-related services given at school does not diminish a child’s Medicaid* benefits in other settings. Per Colorado’s School Health Services Program, reimbursements to school districts must be used to support health-related services and programs to improve or enhance health and wellness for all students. Reimbursement funds currently support:

  • School Nursing Positions
  • Mental Health coordination and program support
  • Emergency health-related funding for uninsured and underinsured students
  • Health-related materials, equipment and supplies
  • Health-related staff development
  • Health-related resource funding for schools
  • Medicaid and Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) Outreach and Enrollment

Directory Release: Board Policy JRA/JRC authorizes directory release of information for the School Medicaid Reimbursement Program’s eligibility match. 

Medicaid Annual Parent Notification Form (English/ Spanish

*Colorado's Medicaid Program is now called HEALTH FIRST COLORADO. To determine your student's eligibility for Medicaid, you may apply online at . For more information about applying for Colorado Medicaid or Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+), please click here

The funds generated by this program do not affect nor limit a child’s personal Medicaid benefits or private insurance in any way. The SHS program is completely separate from individual health insurance policies.

Families have 60 days to get health insurance anytime they lose job-based health coverage.  
If anyone in your family has recently experienced a life change due to loss of income, or a health crisis, you may qualify for Health First or CHP+ benefits.
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In compliance with Titles VI & VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, and Colorado law, the Douglas County School District RE-1 does not unlawfully discriminate against otherwise qualified students, employees, applicants for employment, or members of the public on the basis of disability, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, religion, ancestry, or need for special education services. Discrimination against employees and applicants for employment based on age, genetic information, and conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth is also prohibited in accordance with state and/or federal law. Complaint procedures have been established for students, parents, employees, and members of the public. The School District's Compliance Officer and Title IX Coordinator to address complaints alleging sexual harassment under Title IX is Aaron Henderson, 620 Wilcox Street, Castle Rock, Colorado,, 720-433-1083.

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Complaints regarding violations of Title VI, (race, national origin), Title IX (sex, gender), Section 504/ADA (handicap or disability), may be filed directly with the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, 1244 North Speer Blvd., Suite 310, Denver, CO 80204. Complaints regarding violations of Title VII (employment) and the ADEA (prohibiting age discrimination in employment) may be filed directly with the Federal Office of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 303 E. 17th Ave., Suite 510, Denver, CO 80202, or the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, 1560 Broadway, Suite 1050, Denver, CO 80202.