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Funding Source:

Grant Program Name:  ACCESS

Deadline:  On-going

Application Information:  ACCESS Form PDE-352

  • Program information.
  • Eligible agencies may contact Public Consulting Group (PCG) at 1-866-912-2976 or via email at SBAPsupport@pcgus for information regarding the ACCESS program.
  • Participating agencies may call Elizabeth Zeisloft at (717) 783-6894for information concerning draw down of funds.  
Program Description
  • Supports Local Education Agency health and special educational programs.
  • Authorized by the Medicare Catastrophic Coverage Act of 1988 which made State Educational Agencies eligible for federal reimbursement for the related services they provide to students who have Medical Assistance.
  • Is a streamlined process to gain MA reimbursements for the cost of providing related services to students.
  • Is a cooperative effort between the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare (DPW), the Health Care Financing Agency (HCFA), and PDE's contractor Leader Services.
  • Funds may be used to enhance or enlarge special education and health services.
  • Training, support services, and data processing are supplied through the contractor, PCG.
Restrictions on Funding

Funding may not be used:

  • For programs or services outside the LEA special education program
  • To make capital improvements to property
  • To supplant programs or personnel
Eligible Entities and/or Partners

Formula Grants Only

Intermediate Units, School Districts, Charter Schools, Approved Private Schools, State Owned Schools, and MAWA Early Intervention Programs.

Method of Distribution

  • Formula grant program; 50% of amount billed for direct services is returned to the Local Education Agency and 25% of Administrative Claims Computable Claim is returned to the Local Education Agency.
  • Reimbursements for Direct Services are deposited by the Department of Education into restricted accounts for each LEA.
  • Each LEA may request draw down of these funds by submitting form PDE-352 and a short narrative describing the ways in which the money will be used to enlarge or enhance their special education program.
  • Reimbursements for Administrative Time Studies are paid quarterly directly to each LEA.
PDE Bureau/Agency Responsible:  Bureau of Special Education

Telephone Number:  (717) 783-6894

For additional information, please contact:

Elizabeth Zeisloft | Special Education Advisor
Pennsylvania Department of Education - Special Education
333 Market Street, 7th Fl | Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333
Phone: 717.783.6894 | Fax: 717.783.6139
ezeisloft@pa.gov | www.education.state.pa.us