The ACCESS Program serves intermediate units across Pennsylvania. It is a cooperative effort of the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, and the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Through ACCESS, the BCIU Preschool Early Intervention Program can be reimbursed for health-related services provided to students who are eligible for special education. In order for reimbursement to occur, each special needs student must have an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), and parents or guardians must complete a Medical Assistance (MA) application.


Through parent participation in the ACCESS Program, Early Intervention has the opportunity to develop and provide additional quality services to our students. Each incoming ACCESS dollar strengthens the Early Intervention Program and enhances the support given to the students in our community. Examples of expenses paid with ACCESS funds include the following:

  • Speech therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Physical therapy equipment
  • Books
  • Personal care supplies
  • Field trips
  • Staff CPR and first-aid training


Having Medical Assistance (MA) will in no way interfere with your personal health insurance. Applying for MA is completely voluntary. Information on your application is shared only with Early Intervention staff, a doctor or certified nurse practitioner to determine your child’s eligibility, and Public Consulting Group (PDE’s contractor for billing purposes).