School Supportive Health Services Program
Preschool Supportive Health Services Program

The School Supportive Health Services Program and Preschool Supportive Health Services Program (collectively “SSHSP”) were developed jointly by the New York State Education Department (SED) and the New York State Department of Health (DOH).  SED is responsible for administration of the SSHSP.  DOH, as the single State agency responsible for administering New York’s Medicaid program, is responsible for setting Medicaid policy and reimbursement rates for SSHSP.  The Office of the Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG) is responsible for auditing claims submitted for services under the SSHS Programs to ensure compliance with all applicable Medicaid requirements. 

In 1988, an amendment to the Social Security Act provided statutory authority for SSHSP, also known as Medicaid in Education, by allowing Medicaid coverage of medical services included in the Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) of students with disabilities.  The purpose of SSHSP is to provide Medicaid reimbursement to school districts, §4201 schools and counties for certain diagnostic and health support services provided to Medicaid-eligible students with disabilities.  The SSHSP applies to students from age three years up to their 21st birthday. 

Medicaid-reimbursable services under New York’s P/SSHS Program, for children with disabilities who are eligible for Medicaid, include:

  1. Physical therapy services
  2. Occupational therapy services
  3. Speech therapy services
  4. Psychological evaluations
  5. Psychological counseling
  6. Skilled nursing services
  7. Medical evaluations
  8. Medical specialist evaluations
  9. Audiological evaluations
  10. Special transportation services


In order to be reimbursable under the Medicaid program, school supportive health services must be: 

Additional clarification on compliance agreements related to the SSHSP as well as policies related to Medicaid covered preschool and school supportive health services, provider qualifications, documentation requirements to support billing, and special transportation services is available in a Q&A format.