Medically Necessary Treatment in School
The district is committed to honoring families’ private medical decisions while providing a learning environment to students free of disruption consistent with district policy and state law. During its 2022 legislative session, the Colorado General Assembly passed House Bill 22-1260, Access to Medically Necessary Services for Students. This bill required school districts to adopt a policy for a student to receive medically necessary treatment from a private health care specialist in the school setting. Medically necessary treatment is treatment recommended or ordered by a Colorado licensed health care provider acting within the scope of the health care provider’s license.
To request medically necessary treatment in the school setting, the student's parent/guardian must:
- complete the district's form requesting medically necessary treatment in the school setting; and
- submit a copy of the student's prescription, recommendation or order for medically necessary treatment from a qualified healthcare provider.
If the medically necessary treatment is approved per district policy, the student's parent/guardian must:
- sign a release authorizing the district to confer with the student's qualified health care provider and private health care specialist; and
- sign the district's agreement regarding the financial obligations and the District's liability for the treatment.*
*NOTE: At this time, the district is prohibited from billing Medicaid for medically necessary treatment provided by private health care specialists.
As a result, the student's parent/guardian would be responsible for costs.
For more information please review District Policy 5470.